"Gioconda", famous for its Dance of the hours featured also in Walt Disney’s masterpiece Fantasia, is linked to the Arena di Verona by unforgettable moments. It was with this opera and in that venue that, on 2nd August 1947, Maria Callas made her Italian debut, to awith resounding success. This Arena di Verona, Liceu of Barcelona and Teatro Real of Madrid co-production is a staging of great fascination, conceived for the large open space of the Arena, which can seat over 20,000 spectators. In the cast are stars Roberto Bolle and Letizia Giuliani; among the outstanding singers engaged for this ‘grand-opéra’ of the Italian 19th-century repertoire is the tenor Marco Berti, who wins a long applause after the renowned aria Cielo e mar. This is an opera in four acts by Amilcare Ponchielli first performed in 1876.