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Welcome to a summer of passion, charm and excellence. Internationally-distinguished performances are filling the festivals and open-air concerts this summer season with unique venue selections that will make you sit in awe. From open-air operas in Roman amphitheaters to church concerts, musical soirées in former royal palaces, or jazz in historical concert halls, experience something different with a momentous performance.

Prestigious Festivals

Recognized as the ‘world festival’ attracting an international audience, the Festival of Aix en Provence is the most famous summer opera festival in France. With its impressive program and location, festival goers experience spectacular performances while seated in awe-inspiring outdoor venues. The not-to-miss performances are The Rake’s Progress by Igor Stravinsky and Don Giovanni by Mozart playing in the Théâtre de l’Archevêché.


Spain’s most celebrated festival, the Castell de Peralada Festival, celebrates its 31st year from July 6 to August 17 with a stunning program amongst flourishing, lavish gardens. Dreamlike summer concerts come to life and coalesce with cultural prestige to create a new meaning of summer nights. The festival opens with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne and features names such as the celebrated soprano Ainhoa Arteta and more.

Opera In Roman Sites

Arena di Verona Festival is heralded as the largest opera open-air festival par excellence. The annual open air festival celebrates its 95th year in the stunning Roman amphitheater Verona Arena surrounded by breathtaking scenery. See the inauguration of Verdi’s masterpiece Nabucco with new stage design, the legendary Placido Domingo sing Spanish arias, and Italian ballet star Roberto Bolle perform classical ballet entwined with modern dance.

In the capital, the Caracalla Opera Festival kicks off the summer season of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in the former baths of emperor Caracalla. The exciting festival program features a fantastic ballet evening with Roberto Bolle, Verdi’s legendary Nabucco, Puccini’s Tosca, Ludovico Einaudi and more.

And in Orange, France, the Chorégies d’Orange offers an incredibly exciting and innovative experience with performances in a former Roman theater. Look no further for a phenomenal presentation of the cinema concert of the Phantom of the Opera, Beethoven’s classic 9th Symphony, Verdi’s Aida, Holst’s The Planets featuring projected NASA images and more.

Summer Programs Full of Surprises

Summer festivals are not only about open-air opera concerts. Certain concert halls and historical venues also offer a different yet highly-anticipated program during the summer.

Concertgebouw offers an exciting indoors program for their Robeco SummerNights Festival in a relaxed atmosphere covering a wide range of performances from classical to jazz music and cabaret to film scores. Attracting the best musicians from the Netherlands and beyond, the Robeco SummerNights invites you to watch The Barber of Seville with the Opera Zuid, a tribute to jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald with Patti Austin, Ray Chen playing Mendelssohn and more.

With a stunning natural location nestled between the Swiss Alps, the Andermatt Swiss Alps Classics offers an impressive summer program at the end of June. Access a rare personal encounter with performing artists and see the remarkable venues like the Crystal Hall Sasso San Gottardo.

Recognized as the “Gateway to the South”, the International Festival of Music and Dance of Granada continues to stun its audience in the hills of the Alhambra with its perfect scenery. The festival celebrates its 66th year with a series of astonishing performances in the lush Nazrid palaces and centennial gardens. See the London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle, the piano recital with Javier Perianes and more.

For a taste of royalty, enjoy the incredible Royal Serenade and Fountains Night Show in Versailles at the Palace of Versailles. The famous Fountains Night Show in Versailles returns for a spectacular series of evenings, featuring the Baroque dance company L’Éventail and the ensemble group Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien. From the Hall of Mirrors to the Royal Garden, see the fountains glisten against flourishing gardens while fireworks are set off by the Grand Canal with French Baroque music playing.

Credits:Teatro del Generalife © Festival de Granada


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