• Spring and Summer Opera Festivals in Europe and North America

    Spring and Summer Opera Festivals in Europe and North America

    Here is a list of web sites for people who want to check out the various opera festivals in Europe, with their schedules and ticket sales. This is a 2011 list, but most of them happen every year so the links must remain valid; a few maybe were a one-time affair, do your own checking. Scroll down for North America annoucements:

    Bregenz Festival – www.bregenzerfestspiele.com
    Lehár Festival – www.leharfestival.at
    Salzburg Festival – www.salzburgfestival.at
    Shubertiade – www.schubertiade.at
    Wiener Festwochen – www.festwochen.at

    The Salzburg Whitsun Festival has released its 2013 program, centered around the theme of 'Sacrifice' and 'victim, or more precisely, the German word 'Opfer', full of delicious ambiguity when it's translated into English.

    The operatic offering is Bellini's Norma with Ceci as the Priestess herself. Other highlights include a staged Rite of Spring.

    Press release

    Czech Republic
    Prague Sprinc International Music Festival – www.prague-spring.net

    Savolinna Opera Festival – www.operafestival.fi

    Festival d’Aix-en-Provence - www.festival-aix.com
    Château de Versailles – www.chateauversailles.fr
    Chorégies d’Orange – www.choregies.asso.fr
    Festival de Radio France et Montpellier Languedoc Roussilon – www.festivalradiofrancemontpellier.com

    Festspiele Baden-Baden – www.festspielhaus.de
    Bayreuth-Richard Wagner Festival – www.bayreuther-festspiele.de
    Dresden Music Festival – www.musikfestspiele.com
    Göttingen International Handel Festival – www.haendel.org
    Munich Opera Festival – www.muenchner-opern-festspiele.de
    Rossini in Wildbad – www.rossini-in-wildbad.de
    Schwetzingen Festival – www.schwetzinger-festspiele.ed

    Great Britain
    Aldeburgh Festival – www.aldeburgh.co.uk
    Buxton Festival – www.buxtonfestival.co.uk
    Edinburgh International Festival – www.eif.co.uk
    Garsington Opera – www.garsingtonopera.org
    Glyndebourne Festival Opera – www.glyndebourne.com
    Grange Park Opera – www.grangeparkopera.co.uk
    Opera Holland Park – www.operahollandpark.com
    Iford Arts Festival – www.ifordarts.co.uk

    Arena di Verona – www.arena.it
    Festival della Valle d’Itria – www.festivaldellavalleditria.it
    Maggio Musicale Fiorentino – www.maggiofiorentino.com
    Festival Puccini – www.puccinifestival.it
    Ravenna Festival – www.ravennafestival.org
    Rossini Opera Festival – www.rossinioperafestival.it
    Teatro La Fenice – www.teatrolafenice.it
    Terme di Caracalla Teatro dell’Opera – www.operaroma.it
    Festival Verdi, Parma – www.teatroregioparma.org/verdifest

    George Enescu International Festival – www.festivalenescu.ro

    Stars of the White Nights Music Festival – www.mariinsky.ru

    Drottningholm Court Theater – www.dtm.se

    Lucerne Festival – www.lucernefestival.ch
    Verbier Festival and Academy – www.verbierfestival.com
    Zurich Festival – www.zuercher-festspiele.ch

    North American Festivals

    May 19-June 24, the Wells Fargo Advisors 2012 Festival at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: Carmen, Sweeney Todd, Così fan Tutte, and Alice in Wonderland.

    Des Moines Metro Opera has a Summer Festival - June 22-July 15, 2012. Don Giovanni, La Rondine, and Eugene Onegin.

    Santa Fe Opera, June 14/August 24, 2012 Summer Festival: Tosca, The Pearl Fishers, Maometto II, King Roger, Arabella

    Spoleto Festival USA from May 25 through June 10, 2012 - only two operas this year, but lots of other stuff. The operas are Glass' Kleper, and Guo Wenjing's Feng Yi Ting.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Spring and Summer Opera Festivals in Europe and elsewhere started by Almaviva View original post
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    1. emiellucifuge's Avatar
      emiellucifuge -
      Opera isnt always stars, big chorus, orchestra and amphitheater. There are plenty of smaller opera festivals where opera is explored in different forms.

      One example is the Rotterdam Opera Days festival:
      "Rotterdam is a city with a fascinating operatic tradition, even though it does not possess an opera house. Rotterdam was named as the cultural capital of Europe for 2001, since which time the various organisations there that produce and present opera have worked closely together. As a united body they make the provision and the production of opera and music theatre possible in the city, they keep its quality high and they take each others' activities into account. Opera Rotterdam* was the title of the original combined body made up of eight Rotterdam artistic organisations; it was later to found Operadagen Rotterdam, a contemporary opera and music theatre festival that was first held in 2005"


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