Celebrating Opera – Festivals in Europe

Discover new material from different festivals across Europe.  Join us on a journey through their rich, creative and exquisite programmes.

Aix-en-Provence: Così fan tutte 2016

COSÌ FAN TUTTE at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2016

Mozart’s comedy of errors COSÌ FAN TUTTE is the highlight at the Archevêché stage in Aix-en-Provence during the 2016 opera festival. Director Christophe Honoré sets the opera in Ethiopia during the Italian occupation in the 1930s, extending the lighthearted story with a commentary on racism and fascism.

Bregenzer Festspiele: Sebastian Berger (Feuerkünstler)

Bregenz Festival | Playing with fire

Swirling flames on the floating scene are mirrored in the water of Lake Constance. It is a job that demands great care and precision from fire artist Sebastian Berger.
Savonlinna Opera Festival: Boris Godunov

Savonlinna Opera Festival | Boris Godunov - Extract

Crowned Tsar with all due pomp and circumstance, Boris Godunov is obliged to face his past. Did he murder the true heir to the throne? Savonlinna Opera Festival’s 2015 production gives a taste of this Pushkin-inspired drama.
Wexford Festival Opera: Silent Night

Wexford Festival Opera | Silent Night - Extract

“Silent Night”, Kevin Puts’s first opera, tells the stories of French, German and Scottish soldiers in the First World War, and who rediscover their humanity as they lay down their weapons and sing messages of peace.
Bregenzer Festspiele: Olaf A. Schmitt (Dramaturg)

Bregenz Festival | Keeping the drama on stage

Someone who asks questions for the directors – that’s how Olaf A. Schmitt, dramaturg of the Bregenz Festival likes to see himself. His job is to interpret and pass on information – to the artists, to the directors and the audience.