List of opera festivals

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.

List of opera festivals

General Information
Related genresOpera, classical music, early music
Related eventsCategory:Music festivals, Category:Opera festivals, early music festivals

The following lists may have some overlap:

The following categories are related:

  • Category:Music festivals
  • Category:Opera festivals
  • Category:Choral festivals
  • Category:Classical music festivals
  • Category:Chamber music festivals
  • Category:Contemporary classical music festivals
  • Category:Early music festivals

Opera festival by name

Name of Opera Festival Theatre or location Principal Venue Notes
Arena di Verona Festival Arena di Verona Italy: Verona Roman arena
Aspen Music FestivalWheeler Opera HouseUnited 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 WorkshopStrider TheaterUnited States: Waterville, Maine
Amazonas Opera Festival Amazon Theatre Brazil: Manaus Organised by Amazonas State Government
Bayreuth FestivalBayreuth FestspielhausGermany: BayreuthRichard Wagner
Bergen International FestivalGrieghallenNorway: Bergen
Blackwater Valley Opera FestivalLismore CastleIreland: Blackwater Valley
Boston Early Music FestivalUnited States: Boston, MassachusettsEarly music
Bregenz FestivalSeebühneAustria: BregenzLarge-stage
Buxton FestivalBuxton Opera HouseUnited Kingdom: Buxton
Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte[1] Teatro Comunale Poliziano Italy: Montepulciano Workshops of opera, music, and theatre
Caramoor International Music FestivalVenetian TheatreUnited States: Katonah, New York
Castleton FestivalFestival TheatreUnited States: Castleton, Virginia
Central City OperaCentral City Opera HouseUnited States: Central City, Colorado
Chautauqua OperaNorton Memorial HallUnited States: Chautauqua, New York
Cincinnati Opera Summer FestivalCincinnati Music HallUnited States: Cincinnati, Ohio
Chorégies d'OrangeThéâtre Antique d'OrangeFrance: OrangeRoman theatre
Dalhalla OperaDalhallaSweden: Rättvik
Des Moines Metro OperaBlank Performing Arts CenterUnited States: Indianola, IowaSummer Festival: three mainstage productions; Second Stages Series: two productions in unique venues throughout Des Moines
DomStufen-FestspieleTheater ErfurtGermany: Erfurt, ThuringiaInternational Opera Festival in heart of Germany, summer: one mainstage production, one production for children
Dorset Opera FestivalThe Coade HallUnited Kingdom: Blandford Forum, DorsetCountry house opera: large-scale works
DrottningholmDrottningholm Palace TheatreSweden: StockholmEarly works
Festspiel Baden-BadenFestspielhaus Baden-BadenGermany: Baden-Baden
Festival d'AmbronayAbbey of AmbronayFrance: AmbronayBaroque works
Festival de Radio France et MontpellierLe CorumFrance: MontpellierRare works
Festival dei Due MondiTeatro Caio MelissoItaly: Spoleto
Festival della Valle d'ItriaPalazzo DucaleItaly: Martina FrancaRare works
Festival d'Aix-en-ProvenceThéâtre de l'ArchevêchéFrance: Aix-en-Provence
Festival International d'Opéra Baroque de BeauneHospices de BeauneFrance: BeauneBaroque works
Festival PucciniTeatro dei QuattromilaItaly: Torre del LagoGiacomo Puccini, Large-stage
Fort Worth OperaBass Performance HallUnited States: Fort Worth, Texas
Garsington OperaWormsley ParkUnited Kingdom: Stokenchurch, BuckinghamshireCountry house opera
George Enescu FestivalRomanian AthenaeumRomania: Bucharest
Glimmerglass OperaAlice Busch Opera TheaterUnited States: Cooperstown, New York
Glyndebourne Festival OperaGlyndebourne Opera HouseUnited Kingdom: GlyndebourneCountry house opera
Grange Park OperaWest Horsley PlaceUnited Kingdom: West Horsley, SurreyCountry house opera
Iford Arts FestivalIford ManorUnited Kingdom: Bradford on Avon, WiltshireCountry house opera
Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten MusikTiroler LandestheaterAustria: InnsbruckEarly works
InterHarmony International Music FestivalChiesa Santo Spirito, RathausItaly: Acqui Terme Germany: Sulzbach-Rosenberg2 locations
International Punta Classic Opera FestivalPunta del EsteUruguay: Punta del EsteGiacomo Puccini
Kammeroper Schloss RheinsbergSchlosstheaterGermany: Rheinsbergyoung singers
Läckö Castle OperaLäckö CastleSweden: LidköpingInner courtyard of baroque castle
Lismore Opera FestivalLismore CastleRepublic of Ireland: Lismore, County Waterford
Lucerne FestivalLucerne Culture and Congress CentreSwitzerland: Lucerne
Longborough Festival OperaBanks Fee HouseUnited Kingdom: LongboroughCountry house opera
Maggio Musicale FiorentinoTeatro Communale and Teatro della PergolaItaly: Florence
Miskolc Opera FestivalGrand TheatreHungary: MiskolcBartok; other operas
Munich BiennaleGasteigGermany: MunichNew opera and music-theatre
Munich Opera FestivalNationaltheater MünchenGermany: Munich
Nevill Holt OperaNevill Holt HallUnited Kingdom: Nevill Holt, LeicestershireCountry house opera
Opera Barga FestivalTeatro dei DifferentiItaly: Barga
Opéra de BaugéLes CapucinsFrance: BaugéCountry house opera
Opera Holland ParkHolland Park TheatreUnited Kingdom: London
Opera MemphisPlayhouse on the SquareUnited States: Memphis, Tennessee
Opera Saratoga
(formerly Lake George Opera)
Spa Little TheaterUnited States: Saratoga Springs, New York
Opera Theatre of LuccaTeatro del GiglioItaly: Lucca
Opera Theatre of Saint LouisLoretto-Hilton TheaterUnited States: St. Louis, Missouri
Operosa[2]Herceg Novi, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Belgrade, SerbiaMontenegro: Herceg Novi
Opernfest[3]Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino DelphiBerlin, Germany
Pafos Aphrodite Festival CyprusPaphos CastleCyprus: Paphos
Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice[4]United States: Phoenicia, New York
PromFestEndla TheatreEstonia: Pärnu
Ravenna FestivalTeatro Communale AlighieriItaly: Ravenna
Ravinia FestivalRavinia ParkUnited States: Highland Park, Illinois
Rossini in WildbadKurtheaterGermany: Bad WildbadGioachino Rossini
Rossini Opera FestivalTeatro RossiniItaly: PesaroGioachino Rossini
Salzburg Easter FestivalGroßes FestspielhausAustria: Salzburg
Salzburg Summer FestivalGroßes FestspielhausAustria: Salzburg
Salzburg Whitsun FestivalGroßes FestspielhausAustria: Salzburg
Santa Fe OperaThe Crosby TheatreUnited States: Santa Fe, New MexicoFive productions: balance of popular operas plus those rarely performed and North American / World premieres
Savonlinna Opera FestivalOlavinlinna CastleFinland: SavonlinnaMediaeval castle surrounded by a lake
Schwetzingen FestivalSchlosstheater SchwetzingenGermany: Schwetzingen
Sferisterio Opera FestivalSferisterio di MacerataItaly: Macerata
Spoleto Festival USAGaillard Municipal Auditorium / Memminger AuditoriumUnited States: Charleston, South Carolina
Stars of the White Nights FestivalMariinsky TheatreRussia: St Petersburg
Strasbourg Music Festivalvarious locations including Strasbourg CathedralFrance: Strasbourg
Stålboga Summer OperaMusic pavilion at Stålboga manor houseSweden: SödermanlandCountry house opera
Tanglewood Music FestivalTanglewood Music CenterUnited States: Lenox, Massachusetts
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Summer FestivalBaths of CaracallaItaly: Rome
Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre[5]Ellen Eccles Theatre and Utah TheatreUnited States: Logan, UtahPerforms 5-6 works of Opera and Musical Theatre in two venues.
Verbier Festival and AcademySalle MédranSwitzerland: Verbier
Wexford Festival OperaWexford Opera HouseIreland: WexfordRare works
Wiener FestwochenTheater an der WienAustria: ViennaContemporary works
Wolf Trap Opera CompanyFilene CenterUnited States: Vienna, Virginia

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