Announces 2nd edition

20 AUG to 11 SEP

Garden Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga


Tears, Mystery and Utopia


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, in partnership with the Nacional Museum for Ancient Art, is now proved reality and is coming back in 2021, to bring the emotion of opera to everyone, having as epicenter the beautiful Garden of National Museum for Ancient Art.

From great opera classics to Vanguardism opera, embracing all audiences with a very diversified programme,  Operafest bets in the opera and in 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 in stake social life and human share, art presents itself has an inestimable via to the word of unlimited, where anything is possible!

It will be a program combining tears, mystery and Utopia, marked by great classics (Madama Butterfly), but also by opera inedited (The Medium by Gian-Carlo Menotti), creations (Untill 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!