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
June 22 - September 1, 2018
The Arena di Verona, the ancient Roman amphitheater in Verona, opens its summer opera season with Carmen. This popular summer opera festival brings a staggering 16,000 people to each production. The outdoor opera venue, the Arena, continues with Turandot, Nabucco, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and others.
Opera at the Baths of Caracalla
June 13 - August 4, 2018
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.
Torre del Lago, Italy
July 14 - August 25, 2018
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 Il trittico, La boheme, Madama Butterfly, Turandot and Tosca.
Rossini Opera Festival
August 11 - 23, 2018
Established in 1980, the festival at the birthplace of the Rossini features performances of his works. This year, Il viaggio a Reims, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Adina, among other programs are scheduled.
International Festival of Lyric Art
July 4 - 24, 2018
The festival in Aix-en-Provence presents opera, and concerts of orchestral, chamber, vocal and solo instrumental music.
June 7 - July 1, 2018
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.
Bath International Music Festival
May 11 - 27, 2018
Music Festival events range from orchestral, chamber and contemporary classical music to contemporary jazz and world music. The programs takes place in music venues throughout the city and in outdoor spaces.
May 19 - August 26, 2018
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
July 25 - August 29, 2018
Performances of operas by Richard Wagner are presented in the theater, Festspielhaus, built by the composer himself.
Dresden Music Festival
May 10 – June 10, 2018
Events of the music festival are held in venues throughout Dresden, from churches and museums to the Semperoper and the Frauenkirche.
July 20 - August 30, 2018
The festival was established in 1951 to demonstrate to the world the city's ability to survive and thrive after the war. The program features cultural and music events.