9 opera, operetta, ballet, and musical performances in 9 consecutive evenings at the Bucharest Opera Festival 2023, from June 16th to 24th, at the National Opera in Bucharest. The Bucharest Opera Festival returns with its second edition from June 16th to 24th, 2023, on the stage of the National Opera in Bucharest.
Audiences are invited to conclude the artistic season with a remarkable series of 9 opera, operetta, ballet, and musical performances scheduled over 9 consecutive evenings. The festival will showcase 9 orchestras, mixed choirs, ballet companies, numerous soloists, and top conductors from the current music scene, totaling nearly 1,500 musicians, dancers, artists, and technicians present on stage, in the pit, and behind the scenes for a unique artistic celebration. From Mozart, Massenet, and Bizet to Debussy and Bartók, from Paul Abraham and Franz Lehár to Cole Porter, over two centuries of musical performance history await on the stage of the Bucharest National Opera at the Bucharest Opera Festival 2023.
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The second edition of the Festival brings representations from the National Theatre in Belgrade and the Hungarian State Opera Budapest
The second edition of the festival will bring renowned titles from the repertoire of opera, ballet, operetta, and musical productions performed by the most important lyrical theaters in Romania: the Romanian National Opera in Iași, the Romanian National Opera in Timișoara, the Hungarian Opera in Cluj-Napoca, the National Opera and Ballet Theater “Oleg Danovski” in Constanța, the National Operetta and Musical Theater “Ion Dacian,” and the Brasov Opera. This year, they will be joined by the Budapest State Opera and the National Opera and Ballet Theater in Belgrade. The festival will open, of course, with a performance by the Bucharest National Opera.
Minister of Culture, Lucian Romașcanu, on the second edition of the Bucharest Opera Festival:
The Bucharest National Opera has extended an invitation that we cannot refuse! From June 16th to 24th, we are expected to attend an event that has all the prerequisites to become a tradition in the Romanian cultural space: the Bucharest Opera Festival. At the first edition, I expressed my joy that an institution under the Ministry of Culture becomes the host of national operas, and I had the hope that, over time, it could become an international phenomenon. This year’s program has come to show us that when work intertwines with vision, any dream can be realized. The second edition of the Bucharest Opera Festival brings to the capital city, in addition to performances by national opera and ballet companies, representations from the National Theatre in Belgrade and the Hungarian State Opera Budapest. The universal language of music transcends borders, conveying messages that touch every soul, and culture is the only thing that gives us hope, continuity, and a reestablishment of the true values that we should never deviate from. In June, for 9 days, Bucharest will have the status of a dual capital: administrative and cultural! I wish success to all colleagues at the Bucharest National Opera, and to opera lovers, unforgettable evenings!
The Bucharest Opera Festival aims to significantly contribute to including Bucharest in the circuit of major cities hosting international festivals, becoming an excellent promoter of cultural tourism. The festival seeks to strengthen a platform for showcasing the most valuable opera and ballet companies in the country and beyond, encouraging cultural exchanges and promoting their musical and cultural projects.
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Opera Festival 2023 Bucharest program
Friday, June 16th, 7:00 PM – “The Marriage of Figaro” by W.A. Mozart, conductor Ethan Schmeisser (Bucharest National Opera)
Saturday, June 17th, 7:00 PM – “Manon” by J. Massenet (National Theatre of Opera and Ballet Belgrade)
Sunday, June 18th, 7:00 PM – “Bluebeard’s Castle” and “The Miraculous Mandarin” by B. Bartók (Hungarian Opera in Cluj-Napoca)
Monday, June 19th, 7:00 PM – “The Pearl Fishers” by G. Bizet (National Opera and Ballet Theater “Oleg Danovski” Constanța)
Tuesday, June 20th, 7:00 PM – “Ball at the Savoy” by P. Abraham (Romanian National Opera in Timișoara)
Wednesday, June 21st, 7:00 PM – “Cosi fan tutte” by W.A. Mozart (Brasov Opera)
Thursday, June 22nd, 7:00 PM – “The Merry Widow 2.0” by F. Lehár (Romanian National Opera in Iași)
Friday, June 23rd, 7:00 PM – “Pelléas and Melisande” by C. Debussy (Hungarian State Opera in Budapest)
Saturday, June 24th, 7:00 PM – “Kiss me Kate” by C. Porter (National Operetta and Musical Theater “Ion Dacian” Bucharest)