Italy and Germany are extremely close economic and cultural partners that enjoy intensive collaboration. This close relationship was noted by the Italian Ambassador in Berlin, Michele Valensise, in his welcome to the guests at the concert by Verona Arena soloists at the Residence on Sunday 4 December 2011.
More than 250 guests attended “A Touch of Opera. Arena di Verona meets Berlin”, an event sponsored by the Unicredit Group and Hypovereinsbank. They included the German Defence Minister, de Maiziere, the Health Minister, Bahr, and the Environment Minister, Roettgen. Also present were the Leader of the Greens, Oezdemir, and numerous other political figures.
The event also attracted a significant number of representatives of the economic community. These included the leaders of banking and automobile sector associations, and the managing directors of major German groups. Many members of the culture and publishing communities also attended, as well as journalists from the main German newspapers and representatives of civil society.