In order to celebrate the first century of the Arena di Verona Opera Festival, and to inaugurate the next 100 years of great opera, the Centennial Festival 2013 sees Plácido Domingo as Honorary Artistic Director. The Spanish tenor will also conduct and sing. The festival runs from 14 June to 8 September 2013 and is dedicated to Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi on the occasion of the bicentennial of his birth. There will be 58 performances of six operas and four gala nights. A new set design for ‘Aida’ by La Fura dels Baus inaugurates this year festival. There will be performances of ‘Nabucco’ from 15 June, ‘La Traviata’ from 22 June, ‘Il Trovatore’ from 6 July and ‘Rigoletto’ from 9 August. From 31 August, there will be performances of Charles Gounod’s ‘Roméo et Juliette’. From 13 July there will be performances of Verdi’s ‘Messa da Requiem’ and on 17 July there is a Verdi gala with three conductors: Andrea Battistoni, Riccardo Frizza and Giuliano Carella. This year also marks the bicentennial of Richard Wagner’s birth. On 15 August, Daniel Harding conducts Domingo in a gala night dedicated to the German composer and Verdi.