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2017 Summer Music & Opera Festivals in Europe

November 2, 2016

During this summer's music and opera festivals, travelers to Europe can delight in internationally renowned performing artists and world premieres in beautiful and historic settings. Opera in a Roman open air amphitheatre, classical concerts in Renaissance churches, or arias in grand opera houses and castles are just a few of the experiences in store for travelers and music lovers this spring and summer of 2017.


Arena di Verona Summer Opera Season
Verona, Italy
June 23 - August 27, 2017

The Arena di Verona, the ancient Roman amphitheater in Verona, opens its summer opera season with Nabucco. This popular summer opera festival brings a staggering 16,000 people to each production. The outdoor opera venue, the Arena, continues with Aida, Rigoletto, Tosca, and others. 

Opera at the Baths of Caracalla
Rome, Italy
Summer 2017

Teatro dell'Opera holds its summer season of opera outdoors under the stars at the Baths of Caracalla, the ancient Roman spa complex in Rome. This year, the company presents ballet as well as operas.

Festival Puccini
Torre del Lago, Italy
July 14 - August 19, 2017

Torre del Lago is near the the Tuscan town of Viagreggio and 35 minutes from Lucca, the birthplace of Puccini. This year, the festival's open-air theater will feature productions of La Rondine, La boheme, Madama Butterfly, Turandot and Tosca.

Rossini Opera Festival 
Pesaro, Italy
August 10 - 22, 2017

Established in 1980, the festival at the birthplace of the Rossini features performances of his works. This year, Il viaggio a Reims, Torvaldo e Dorliska, Stabat Mater, among other programs are scheduled.

International Festival of Lyric Art
Aix-en-Provence, France
July 3 - 22, 2017

The festival in Aix-en-Provence presents opera, and concerts of orchestral, chamber, vocal and solo instrumental music.


Holland Festival
June 3 - 25, 2017

The Holland Festival is The Netherland's oldest performing arts festival featuring theater, music, opera, modern dance as well as visual art and film. Performances take throughout Amsterdam at venues such as the city theatre, the opera, the Concertgebouw,  and Muziekgebouw concert halls and the Westergas factory.


BBC Proms
London, England
July 14 - September 9, 2017

The BBC Proms presents concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and chamber music recitals at Cadogan Hall. There are also a number of outdoor events. So named from the practice of the audience promenading, or strolling, in the concert hall during the performance, "prom" now refers to the areas of the hall where audience members stand. It's considered to be the best place in the house to be.

Glyndebourne Festival
May 8 - August 26, 2017

The festival presents six productions each year in a 1,200-seat opera house in East Sussex, England. In 2017, La traviata, Don Pasquale, among other programs are scheduled.


Wagner Bayreuth Festival 
Bayreuth, Germany
July 25 - August 28, 2017

Performances of operas by Richard Wagner are presented in the theater, Festspielhaus, built by the composer himself. 

Dresden Music Festival
Dresden, Germany
May 18 – June 18, 2017

Events of the music festival are held in venues throughout Dresden, from churches and museums to the Semperoper and the Frauenkirche. 


Salzburg Festival
Salzburg, Austria
July 21 - August 30, 2017

The music festival in Mozart's city of Salzburg will present Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Norma, and other programs. In addition to opera, the festival offers plays as well as concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, and others.

See also: European Opera Tours »

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