Opera Nights, largest outdoors classical music festival in Transylvania

‘Opera Nights,’ the largest classical music festival held outdoors in Transylvania, consisting of four operas and various renowned operettas, a ballet dance, the Opera Ball, and many other surprises, will unfold between July 15 and 20 on two locations – Corvinilor Castle in Hunedoara and the Magna Curia Palace in Deva. Fans of the genre from all corners of the country are invited at this year’s fourth edition of Opera Nights. Thirty percent of online reservations so far were accessed from areas of Romania different from the host towns.‘Carmen’ by Bizet, ‘Tosca’ and ‘Turandot’ by Puccini, the operetta ‘The Merry Widow’ by Lehar, and the ‘Don Quixote’ the ballet show by Minkus will be performed by famous artists from Romania, Germany, France, Japan, South Korea, and Serbia, accompanied by the ‘Oleg Danovski’ National Theater and Ballet Orchestra in Constanta.The headliner of this year’s edition of the festival is soprano Leontina Vaduva, a Romanian opera diva who will also be hosting Master Classes for the first time in the history of ‘Opera Nights,’ for which nine sopranos and a tenor have already signed up. The graduation of the courses will end with the ten artists playing an extraordinary concert at the Magna Curia Palace.Preparations for the stage set-ups on the two locations are in full swing, each of the venues being equipped with 550 seats. Artists have already started arriving and late Sunday, at 8.45 p.m., they will perform an aria, a preamble for ‘Carmen,’ in a mini-show held at the singing spring well in central Deva.The festival will officially open on Tuesday, July 15 with Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ in the Lapidariului backyard of the Magna Curia Palace in Deva, followed by Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ on Wednesday, July 16, performed in the patio of Corvinilor Castle in Hunedoara.Ballet lovers will have a chance to view ‘Don Quixote’ by Minkus in Deva on July 17, and the ‘Opera Ball’ the day after in the Dietei Hall of Corvinilor Castle. The concert series continues with ‘Turandot’ by Puccini on July 19 and ‘The Merry Widow’ by Lehar on July 20, the last day of the festival.Music enthusiasts will want to purchase tickets as soon as possible if they do not wish to miss the largest outdoors opera event in the country. “We will probably not include standing seats this year and just stick with chair seats,” Alexandru Gruian, director of the Opera Nights Festival, announced. Tickets cost RON 40 and subscriptions for five shows cost RON 160. Children benefit from a 50 percent discount.

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