List of opera festivals

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List of opera festivals

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This is an inclusive list of opera festivals and summer opera seasons, and music festivals which have opera productions. This list may have some overlap with list of early music festivals. Opera is part of the Western classical music tradition, and has long been performed for audiences on a large-scale format. It started in Italy at the end of the 16th century and soon spread through the rest of Europe. In the 18th century, Italian opera continued to dominate most of Europe (except France), attracting foreign composers such as Handel. Opera seria was the most prestigious form of Italian opera, until Gluck reacted against its artificiality with his "reform" operas in the 1760s. Today the most renowned figure of late 18th century opera is Mozart, and his music is at times the featured attraction of opera and early music festivals.

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Opera festival by name[edit]

Name of Opera Festival Theatre or location Principal Venue Notes / known for
Arena di Verona Festival Arena di Verona Italy: Verona Roman arena
Aspen Music Festival Wheeler Opera House United States: Aspen, Colorado
Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival Aspendos Arena Turkey: Aspendos Organised by Turkish State Opera and Ballet Directorate
Atlantic Music Festival Opera Workshop Strider Theater United States: Waterville, Maine
Amazonas Opera Festival Amazon Theatre Brazil: Manaus Organised by Amazonas State Government
Bayreuth Festival Bayreuth Festspielhaus Germany: Bayreuth Richard Wagner
Bergen International Festival Grieghallen Norway: Bergen
Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Lismore Castle Ireland: Blackwater Valley
Boston Early Music Festival United States: Boston, Massachusetts Early music
Bregenz Festival Seebühne Austria: Bregenz Large-stage
Buxton Festival Buxton Opera House United Kingdom: Buxton
Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte[1] Teatro Comunale Poliziano Italy: Montepulciano Workshops of opera, music, and theatre
Caramoor International Music Festival Venetian Theatre United States: Katonah, New York
Castleton Festival Festival Theatre United States: Castleton, Virginia
Central City Opera Central City Opera House United States: Central City, Colorado
Chautauqua Opera Norton Memorial Hall United States: Chautauqua, New York
Cincinnati Opera Summer Festival Cincinnati Music Hall United States: Cincinnati, Ohio
Chorégies d'Orange Théâtre Antique d'Orange France: Orange Roman theatre
Dalhalla Opera Dalhalla Sweden: Rättvik
Des Moines Metro Opera Blank Performing Arts Center United States: Indianola, Iowa 3 mainstage productions; 2nd Stages Series: 2 productions throughout Des Moines
DomStufen-Festspiele Theater Erfurt Germany: Erfurt, Thuringia International Opera Festival in heart of Germany, summer: one mainstage production, one production for children
Dorset Opera Festival The Coade Hall United Kingdom: Blandford Forum, Dorset Country house opera: large-scale works
Drottningholm Drottningholm Palace Theatre Sweden: Stockholm Early works
Festspiel Baden-Baden Festspielhaus Baden-Baden Germany: Baden-Baden
Festival d'Ambronay Abbey of Ambronay France: Ambronay Baroque works
Festival de Ópera do Theatro da Paz Theatro da Paz Brazil: Belém Organized by Pará State Government
Festival de Radio France et Montpellier Le Corum France: Montpellier Rare works
Festival dei Due Mondi Teatro Caio Melisso Italy: Spoleto
Festival della Valle d'Itria Palazzo Ducale Italy: Martina Franca Rare works
Festival d'Aix-en-Provence Théâtre de l'Archevêché,
Grand Théâtre de Provence,
Théâtre du Jeu de Paume
France: Aix-en-Provence
Festival d'Opéra Baroque de Beaune Hospices de Beaune France: Beaune Baroque works
Festival Puccini Teatro dei Quattromila Italy: Torre del Lago Giacomo Puccini, Large-stage
Festwochen der Alten Musik Tiroler Landestheater Austria: Innsbruck Early works
Fort Worth Opera Bass Performance Hall United States: Fort Worth, Texas
Garsington Opera Wormsley Park United Kingdom: Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire Country house opera
George Enescu Festival Romanian Athenaeum Romania: Bucharest
Glimmerglass Opera Alice Busch Opera Theater United States: Cooperstown, New York
Glyndebourne Festival Opera Glyndebourne Opera House United Kingdom: Glyndebourne Country house opera
Grange Park Opera West Horsley Place United Kingdom: West Horsley, Surrey Country house opera
Iford Arts Festival Iford Manor United Kingdom: Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire Country house opera
InterHarmony International Music Festival Chiesa Santo Spirito, Rathaus Germany: Sulzbach-Rosenberg locations in 2 countries
Italy: Acqui Terme
International Punta Classic Opera Festival Punta del Este Uruguay: Punta del Este Giacomo Puccini
Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg Schlosstheater Germany: Rheinsberg young singers
Läckö Castle Opera Läckö Castle Sweden: Lidköping Inner courtyard of baroque castle
Lismore Opera Festival Lismore Castle Republic of Ireland: Lismore, County Waterford
Lucerne Festival Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre Switzerland: Lucerne
Longborough Festival Opera Banks Fee House United Kingdom: Longborough Country house opera
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Teatro Communale and Teatro della Pergola Italy: Florence
Miskolc Opera Festival Grand Theatre Hungary: Miskolc Bartok; other operas
Munich Biennale Gasteig Germany: Munich New opera and music-theatre
Munich Opera Festival Nationaltheater München Germany: Munich
Nevill Holt Opera Nevill Holt Hall United Kingdom: Nevill Holt, Leicestershire Country house opera
Opera Barga Festival Teatro dei Differenti Italy: Barga
Opéra de Baugé Les Capucins France: Baugé Country house opera
Opera Holland Park Holland Park Theatre United Kingdom: London
Opera Memphis Playhouse on the Square United States: Memphis, Tennessee
Opera Saratoga Spa Little Theater United States: Saratoga Springs, New York Formerly known as Lake George Opera
Opera Theatre of Lucca Teatro del Giglio Italy: Lucca
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Loretto-Hilton Theater United States: St. Louis, Missouri
OperaFest Tulchyn, Ukraine Tulchyn, Ukraine
Operosa[2] Herceg Novi, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Belgrade, Serbia Montenegro: Herceg Novi
Opernfest[3] Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi Germany: Berlin
Pafos Aphrodite Festival Cyprus Paphos Castle Cyprus: Paphos
Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice[4] United States: Phoenicia, New York
Piccolo Opera Festival Spessa Castle and various locations Italy: Friuli-Venezia Giulia No borders Opera experience in historical venues
Slovenia: Goriška Brda
PromFest Endla Theatre Estonia: Pärnu
Ravenna Festival Teatro Communale Alighieri Italy: Ravenna
Ravinia Festival Ravinia Park United States: Highland Park, Illinois
Rossini in Wildbad Kurtheater Germany: Bad Wildbad Gioachino Rossini
Rossini Opera Festival Teatro Rossini Italy: Pesaro Gioachino Rossini
Salzburg Easter Festival Großes Festspielhaus Austria: Salzburg
Salzburg Summer Festival Großes Festspielhaus, Felsenreitschule Austria: Salzburg
Salzburg Whitsun Festival Großes Festspielhaus Austria: Salzburg
Santa Fe Opera The Crosby Theatre United States: Santa Fe, New Mexico popular operas, rarely performed + North American / World premieres
Savonlinna Opera Festival Olavinlinna Castle Finland: Savonlinna Mediaeval castle surrounded by a lake
Schwetzingen Festival Schlosstheater Schwetzingen Germany: Schwetzingen
Sferisterio Opera Festival Sferisterio di Macerata Italy: Macerata
Spoleto Festival USA Gaillard Center, Sottile Theatre, Festival Hall United States: Charleston, South Carolina
Stars of the White Nights Festival Mariinsky Theatre Russia: St Petersburg
Strasbourg Music Festival various locations including Strasbourg Cathedral France: Strasbourg
Stålboga Summer Opera Music pavilion at Stålboga manor house Sweden: Södermanland Country house opera
Tanglewood Music Festival Tanglewood Music Center United States: Lenox, Massachusetts
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Baths of Caracalla Italy: Rome Summer Festival
Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre[5] Ellen Eccles Theatre and Utah Theatre United States: Logan, Utah Performs 5-6 works of Opera and Musical Theatre in two venues.
Verbier Festival and Academy Salle Médran Switzerland: Verbier
Waterperry Opera Festival Waterperry Gardens United Kingdom: Oxfordshire Country house opera
Wexford Festival Opera Wexford Opera House Ireland: Wexford Rare works
Vienna Festival Palais Palffy Austria: Vienna Opera
Vicenza Opera Festival[6] Teatro Olimpico Vicenza, Italy Roman theatre, Ivan Fischer Opera Company
Wiener Festwochen Theater an der Wien Austria: Vienna Contemporary works
Wolf Trap Opera Company Filene Center United States: Vienna, Virginia

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte di Montepulciano website
  2. ^ Operosa Opera Festival website
  3. ^ Opernfest website
  4. ^ Mitchell, Paula (1 August 2012). "Phoenicia Festival of the Voice a star-studded affair". Daily Freeman. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  5. ^ Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre website
  6. ^ "The Vicenza Opera Festival". Retrieved 2022-11-20.