2013 News - Flights - Monarch Airlines celebrates first Verona flight ‘opera’ style at Gatwick Airport

02 05 2013

Leading scheduled leisure airline, Monarch, surprised unsuspecting passengers checking in for the airline’s inaugural Verona flight today by entertaining them with some traditional Italian opera.

Soprano, Alison Langer and Mezzo, Bethan Langford, both students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, were on hand to get passengers in the mood for their trip to the opera loving destination, by singing a variety of well-known arias, including Puccini’s Quando m'en Vo, O Mio Babbinno Caro and Mi Chiamao Mimi. Alison is studying for a BMus Hons degree in music and has recently been awarded a place as a scholar on Guildhall’s prestigious two year Artist Masters Opera course. Bethan is studying for an MPerf Masters in Performance.

Today’s celebrations were a fitting tribute to the world famous opera city, as its renowned festival is celebrating its centenary this year. From 14 June to 8 September, 58 performances of six operas and four Gala nights will be staged at the Arena di Verona for the centennial edition of the Opera Festival, dedicated to the great composer, Giuseppe Verdi, on the occasion of the bicentenary of his birth. The Opera Festival 2013 will see the famous tenor, Plácido Domingo, as honorary Artistic Director, as well as conductor and singer in several performances on this, arguably the greatest opera stage in the world.

Kevin George, Managing Director, Monarch Airlines, said: “This was a perfect way to celebrate the start of our Verona route from Gatwick Airport. We have been operating the route successfully from Manchester since last summer and we are delighted to be able to offer our passengers in the south this wonderful destination, perfect for both short city breaks and longer holidays.”

Carmine Bassetti, General Director, Catullo S.p.a, Verona Airport, said: "The new flight from London Gatwick offers another great service to and from the UK and is especially important in the summer season and in particular this year with the start of the celebrations for the centenary of the Opera Festival.”

View the video of today’s surprise performances at http://youtu.be/pSeBVy11Y0g

The new route to Verona operates three times a week and makes a perfect getaway for a weekend city break, with flights operating on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Flights are available to book with fares, including taxes, starting from £42.49 one way, including taxes and charges.

For more information and to book, visit www.monarch.co.uk

For more information and to book tickets for the festival visit www.arena.it

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