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2013 Summer Music & Opera Festivals in Europe

12 Jan 2013

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 2013.


Arena di Verona Summer Opera Season
Verona, Italy
June 14 - September 8, 2013

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

Opera at the Baths of Caracalla
Rome, Italy
Date: June 13 - August 10, 2013

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.

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Florence, Italy
May 2 - June 23, 2013

Programs feature performances of Don Carlo and Macbeth as well as dance programs and concerts held at Teatro Comunale in Florence and other venues throughout the city. 

Festival Puccini
Torre del Lago, Italy
July 12 - August 24, 2013

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 Turandot, Rigoletto, Tosca and  Cavalleria Rusticana / Il Tabarro.

Rossini Opera Festival 
Pesaro, Italy
August 10 - 23, 2013

Established in 1980, the festival at the birthplace of the Rossini features performances of his works. This year, L'italiana in Algeri, Guillaume Tell and other programs are scheduled.


International Festival of Lyric Art
Aix-en-Provence, France
July 4 - 18, 2013

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

Les étés de la danse
Paris, France
June 4 - July 27, 2013

This summer, the yearly festival presents the National Ballet of Vienna Opera at Théâtre du Châtelet. 


Holland Festival
June 1 - 26, 2013

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.


Glyndebourne Festival
May 18 - August 25, 2013

The festival presents six productions each year in a 1,200-seat opera house in East Sussex, England.


Prague Spring Festival
Prague, Czech Republic
May 1 - June 2, 2013

The Prague Spring Festival holds performances at various venues in Prague: the National Theater, the Municipal House, the Estates Theater, the State Opera, among others.


Wagner Bayreuth Festival 
Bayreuth, Germany
July 25 - August 28, 2013

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

Dresden Music Festival
Dresden, Germany
May 11 – June 2, 2013

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 19 - September 1, 2013

The music festival in Mozart's city of Salzburg will present Falstaff, Don Carlo, and Norma. In addition to opera, the festival offers plays as well as concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Vienna Festival "Wiener Festwochen"
Vienna, Austria
May 10 - June 16, 2013

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.


International Chopin Festival
Warsaw, Poland
August 17 - 23, 2013

Every year the festival gathers musicians from all over the world performing on contemporary and period instruments.

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