The destruction of Pompeii is one of the most infamous events in ancient history in which an entire Roman town and its inhabitants were buried under ash from the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Its excavation began in the 18th century and it has remained a fascinating and exciting tourist destination ever since. Wander down the long, cobbled roads, visit the immaculately conserved baths and picture what life would have been like in this once bustling seaside town. This summer you can now not only visit during the day, but enjoy spectacular theatre performances in the evening at the Pompei Festival.
Pompei Festival 2015
Following its success in previous years, 2015 sees another exciting year for the Pompei Festival. What could offer a more unique experience than enjoying performances of opera and ballet in the setting of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taking place in this mesmerising ancient town it is an excellent thing to do on your Sorrento holiday.
The festival takes place over the glorious summer months beginning 27 May and concluding 20 September 2015. All shows are held in the breath taking ancient Grand Theatre which was built during the 3rd and 2nd century B.C. The cavea, (seating area) is set on a natural slope that is replicated in theatre construction to this day, allowing you to always achieve the best views of the stage.
Grand Theatre cavea, Pompei
Pompei Festival 2015 Programme
For those on luxury holidays to Sorrento or Naples this summer we’ve listed below the eight different performances taking place during the Pompeii Festival.
Last Day of Pompei
The festival begins with the Last Day of Pompei an opera in three acts composed by Giovanni Pacini performed by the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Bellini di Catania.
27, 28, 29, 30 May 2015
The shows then begin again in August with performances of opera, ballet and theatre.
A three act opera by Giacomo Puccini is performed by the Orchestra and Chorus of Pompei Opera.
4, 9, 16, 23, 30 August 2015
6, 13, 17 September 2015
An Opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi, again performed by the Orchestra and Chorus of Pompei Opera.
5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 August 2015
2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19 September 2015
Performed by the Orchestra and Chorus of Pompei Opera and written by Giuseppe Verdi, Nabucco is a four part lyric drama .
6, 13, 20, 27 August 2015
3, 10, 15, 20 September 2015
The Barber of Sevilla
An opera buffa in two acts by Gioccanino Rossini performed by the Orchestra and Chorus of Pompei Opera.
10, 17, 24, 31 August 2015
7, 18 September 2015
The first of the three ballet performances begins with Carmen Suite with music composed by Bizet, performed by the Pompei Opera Ballet.
7, 18, 28 August 2015
8 September 2015
Watch the iconic Swan Lake with music by Cajkovskij is performed by the Pompei Opera Ballet in a stunning setting.
14, 25 August 2015
4, 14 September 2015
A romantic tragedy with music by Adam, is performed again by the Pompei Opera Ballet.
11, 21 August 2015
1, 11 September 2015
Teatro Grande, Pompei
Performances begin at 21:00 each night and tickets start from either €22 (Last Day of Pompei, Carmen Suite, Giselle and Swan Lake) or €33 per person (Tosca, La Traviata, Nabucco, The Barber of Sevilla). At Classic Collection Holidays you can book single or multiple tickets through our expert concierge service on FREEPHONE 0800 047 1066. We also have a superb choice of four and five-star hotels in Sorrento and Naples to accommodate you during your holiday.
Pompei Festival 2015 programme