Ópera do Castelo Roadshow 2023

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18 August 2023

Lisbon / Portugal

Platform Members, Roadshow

Operafest Lisboa 2023

From 18 August to 9 September 2023, Ópera do Castelo produced the 4th edition of Operafest Lisboa, an independent opera festival born during the pandemic and led by soprano singer Catarina Molder.

Under the moto "From heaven to hell", this year's programme presented 5 new opera productions, including 13 performances, and offered 40 singing lessons to curious opera enthusiasts, making Lisbon vibrate with opera. This edition attracted more than 6,000 people of all ages, one third of them being of international audience. 

The festival presented three opera classics: Bizet's Carmen, directed by Tonán Quito and conducted by Jan Wierzba interpreted by mezzo-soprano Cátia Moreso, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, directed by Mónica Garnel with a national cast, both productions sold out several weeks before the opening; and Suor Angelica by Puccini.

It also showcased national talent of different generations and gave the opportunity to many young emerging artists to reach the stage. Francisco Lima da Silva saw his first opera Rigor mortis or the House of Rings premiere at the Operafest Lisboa. This is just an example among many more artists, directors, set and costume designers, singers, musicians, conductors, stage managers being introduced to the world during the festival.

Operafest Lisboa also strives to be a green and inclusive festival, by recycling its set designs and costumes and avoiding waste, use of plastics and polluting materials.

This year's edition closed with a unique operatic rave party, blending the world of pop and opera, with bombastic performances by Margarida Campelo, Pz+Pijamas band and Dj Marfox.

Discover more about the Operafest Lisboa here


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