The new opera festival in town

20 August to 11 September 2021

The emotion of opera for all

Tears, Mystery and Utopia to wash one’s soul

After the success of its launching edition in Summer 2020, OPERAFEST LISBOA, the new opera festival in town, directed by soprano Catarina Molder and produced by Opera do Castelo, is now proved reality and is coming back in 2021, to bring the emotion of opera to everyone, having its epicentre in the beautiful Garden of National Museum for Ancient Art, right in the heart of the city, with a mind-blowing view over Tagus river.

Opera closer to the audience and the world of today, 

From opera classics to vanguardism

From great opera classics to Vanguardism opera, embracing all audiences with a much diversified programme, Operafest invests in the opera and the creators of the future and in new interpreters, combining fresh blood with experience, to bring opera closer to the world of today.

Still on path of tragedy, opera’s quintessence, following the matrix thematic "the worst, the better", but in the hangover of a pandemic which froze the world, putting at stake social life and human sharing, art presents itself as an inestimable road towards the unlimited, where anything is possible!

Programming in varied cycles to meet diversified audiences

It will be a programme combining tragedy and tears to wash the soul, filled with mystery and suspense flying to Utopia, marked by great classics (Madama Butterfly), but also by opera inedited (The Medium by Gian-Carlo Menotti), creations (Until death tears us apart by Ana Seara) in double bill with Mahagonny Songspiel by Kurt Weill, Maratona Opera XXI - contest for new arias and new opera explorations with opera satellite (Staged Gala Soul on Fire, Lyric Machine - singing lessons for amateurs, and an Operatic Rave), to surprise unexpected audiences of all tastes!