OPERAFEST LISBOA & OEIRAS

FROM 22 AUGUST TO 11 SEPTEMBER 2024

The "out of the box" Operafest 2024 Lisboa & Oeiras led by soprano Catarina Molder and produced by Ópera do Castelo, crossing tradition and vanguardism, is back in new incredible venues to enjoy exciting opera for everyone doubling its audience!

Operafest Lisboa 2024 will spread to Oeiras town. This 5th Editions under the moto "Basic Instinct" launches in sumptuous Gardens of Palácio Marquês de Pombal, in Oeira, a dreamlike setting, right on the edge of Lisbon - with two masterpieces of Italian verismo: Cavalleria rusticiana" by Mascagni  and Pagliacci by Leoncavallo, right after for the younger ones, opera tale "Little Thumb" by Isabelle Aboulker. In the new Lisbon epicentre in Open-air Amphitheatre of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation "Don Giovanni" by Mozart. Celebrating five hundred years of birth one of the greatest poets of all time and father of Portuguese language  Luís Vaz de Camões, the absolute premiere of cantata performance "Torment" based on Canto V of epic poem "Lusiads" in Lisbon Trienal, Maratona Ópera XXI new dynamics for today’s opera: workshop and New Libretto Awards,  Cine-Opera, Conferences, debates, workshops, closing with unique operatic rave in Titanic sur mer.

Welcome to Operafest and the tragic world of opera!

Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci

Mascagni & Leoncavallo

Great Classics

 22, 24 and 26 AUG

21h00

Palácio Marquês de Pombal Gardens

Little Thumb

Isabelle Aboulker - Contópera

Audience of the Future | Inedited

 28, 29, 30 and 31 AUG

21h00

Palácio Marquês de Pombal Gardens

Don Giovanni

W. A. Mozart

Great Classics

  30, 31 AUG - 2, 4 SEP

21h00

Open-air Amphitheatre Gulbenkian

TORMENT

Camões 500 Years

Opera Satellite | Creations

5 and 6 SEPTEMBER

21h00 and 22h

Trienal de Lisboa

Lyrich Machine

SINGING LESSONS FOR CURIOUS AMATEURS

Opera Satellite

24 AUG to 8 SEP

11h00 - 18h00

Palácio Marquês de Pombal

Sociedade de Instrução Guilherme Cossoul

Operatic Rave

"Basic Instinct" 

Opera Satellite

7 SEPTEMBER

23h

Titanic sur mer

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Awards | Formation | Investigation | Creation

 

In this fifth edition, the Portuguese contemporary opera competition - Opera XXI Marathon - has expanded to become a platform for the development of today's opera, investing in several areas: training and specialization, commissions, national competition and biannual international competition. All of this is aimed at helping today's opera flourish, fostering new audiences conquest and reconquest of established opera audiences for contemporary pieces, supporting creators, creatives and performers, to bring contemporary opera closer to today’s world and audiences!

 

This year, there’s a focus on libretto construction and a libretto competition!

"Courage, audacity, imagination that we should see more often in great European musical institutions, perfectly embody the young Lisbon festival!" Première Loge

 

"Impressive public loyalty for this festival with modest means but impressive vitality." Opera online