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 2014.
Arena di Verona Summer Opera Season
June 20 - September 7, 2014
The Arena di Verona, the ancient Roman amphitheater in Verona, opens its summer opera season with Un Ballo in Maschera. This popular summer opera festival brings a staggering 16,000 people to each production. The outdoor opera venue, the Arena, continues with Carmen, Aida, and others.
Opera at the Baths of Caracalla
June 24 - August 9, 2014
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 25 - August 30, 2014
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 Madama Butterfly, La boheme, Turandot and Il Trittico.
Rossini Opera Festival
August 10 - 22, 2014
Established in 1980, the festival at the birthplace of the Rossini features performances of his works. This year, Il Viaggio a Reims and other programs are scheduled.
International Festival of Lyric Art
May 31 - July 24, 2014
The festival in Aix-en-Provence presents opera, and concerts of orchestral, chamber, vocal and solo instrumental music.
Les étés de la danse
July 10 - 26, 2014
This summer, the yearly festival presents the San Francisco Ballet at Théâtre du Châtelet.
June 22 - July 14, 2014
Since the early 1980s, the Chopin Festival has celebrated the work of Frederic Chopin with performances at the Parc de Bagatelle featuring internationally renowned artists.
June 1 - 29, 2014
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.
July 18 - September 13, 2014
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.
May 17 - August 24, 2014
The festival presents six productions each year in a 1,200-seat opera house in East Sussex, England.
Wagner Bayreuth Festival
July 25 - August 28, 2014
Performances of operas by Richard Wagner are presented in the theater, Festspielhaus, built by the composer himself.
July 18 - September 24, 2014
International Chopin Festival
August 15 - 31, 2014