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This is an inclusive list of opera festivals and summer opera seasons, and music festivals which have opera productions. This list may have some overlap with list of early music festivals. Opera is part of the Western classical music tradition, and has long been performed for audiences on a large-scale format. It started in Italy at the end of the 16th century and soon spread through the rest of Europe. In the 18th century, Italian opera continued to dominate most of Europe (except France), attracting foreign composers such as Handel. Opera seria was the most prestigious form of Italian opera, until Gluck reacted against its artificiality with his "reform" operas in the 1760s. Today the most renowned figure of late 18th century opera is Mozart, and his music is at times the featured attraction of opera and early music festivals.
The following lists may have some overlap:
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|Name of Opera Festival||Theatre or location||Principal Venue||Notes|
|Arena di Verona Festival||Arena di Verona||Italy: Verona||Roman arena|
|Aspen Music Festival||Wheeler Opera House||United States: Aspen, Colorado|
|Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival||Aspendos Arena||Turkey: Aspendos||Organised by Turkish State Opera and Ballet Directorate|
|Atlantic Music Festival Opera Workshop||Strider Theater||United States: Waterville, Maine|
|Amazonas Opera Festival||Amazon Theatre||Brazil: Manaus||Organised by Amazonas State Government|
|Bayreuth Festival||Bayreuth Festspielhaus||Germany: Bayreuth||Richard Wagner|
|Bergen International Festival||Grieghallen||Norway: Bergen|
|Blackwater Valley Opera Festival||Lismore Castle||Ireland: Blackwater Valley|
|Boston Early Music Festival||United States: Boston, Massachusetts||Early music|
|Bregenz Festival||Seebühne||Austria: Bregenz||Large-stage|
|Buxton Festival||Buxton Opera House||United Kingdom: Buxton|
|Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte||Teatro Comunale Poliziano||Italy: Montepulciano||Workshops of opera, music, and theatre|
|Caramoor International Music Festival||Venetian Theatre||United States: Katonah, New York|
|Castleton Festival||Festival Theatre||United States: Castleton, Virginia|
|Central City Opera||Central City Opera House||United States: Central City, Colorado|
|Chautauqua Opera||Norton Memorial Hall||United States: Chautauqua, New York|
|Cincinnati Opera Summer Festival||Cincinnati Music Hall||United States: Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Chorégies d'Orange||Théâtre Antique d'Orange||France: Orange||Roman theatre|
|Dalhalla Opera||Dalhalla||Sweden: Rättvik|
|Des Moines Metro Opera||Blank Performing Arts Center||United States: Indianola, Iowa||Summer Festival: three mainstage productions; Second Stages Series: two productions in unique venues throughout Des Moines|
|DomStufen-Festspiele||Theater Erfurt||Germany: Erfurt, Thuringia||International Opera Festival in heart of Germany, summer: one mainstage production, one production for children|
|Dorset Opera Festival||The Coade Hall||United Kingdom: Blandford Forum, Dorset||Country house opera: large-scale works|
|Drottningholm||Drottningholm Palace Theatre||Sweden: Stockholm||Early works|
|Festspiel Baden-Baden||Festspielhaus Baden-Baden||Germany: Baden-Baden|
|Festival d'Ambronay||Abbey of Ambronay||France: Ambronay||Baroque works|
|Festival de Ópera do Theatro da Paz||Theatro da Paz||Brazil: Belém||Organized by Pará State Government|
|Festival de Radio France et Montpellier||Le Corum||France: Montpellier||Rare works|
|Festival dei Due Mondi||Teatro Caio Melisso||Italy: Spoleto|
|Festival della Valle d'Itria||Palazzo Ducale||Italy: Martina Franca||Rare works|
|Festival d'Aix-en-Provence||Théâtre de l'Archevêché||France: Aix-en-Provence|
|Festival International d'Opéra Baroque de Beaune||Hospices de Beaune||France: Beaune||Baroque works|
|Festival Puccini||Teatro dei Quattromila||Italy: Torre del Lago||Giacomo Puccini, Large-stage|
|Fort Worth Opera||Bass Performance Hall||United States: Fort Worth, Texas|
|Garsington Opera||Wormsley Park||United Kingdom: Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire||Country house opera|
|George Enescu Festival||Romanian Athenaeum||Romania: Bucharest|
|Glimmerglass Opera||Alice Busch Opera Theater||United States: Cooperstown, New York|
|Glyndebourne Festival Opera||Glyndebourne Opera House||United Kingdom: Glyndebourne||Country house opera|
|Grange Park Opera||West Horsley Place||United Kingdom: West Horsley, Surrey||Country house opera|
|Iford Arts Festival||Iford Manor||United Kingdom: Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire||Country house opera|
|Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik||Tiroler Landestheater||Austria: Innsbruck||Early works|
|InterHarmony International Music Festival||Chiesa Santo Spirito, Rathaus||Italy: Acqui Terme Germany: Sulzbach-Rosenberg||2 locations|
|International Punta Classic Opera Festival||Punta del Este||Uruguay: Punta del Este||Giacomo Puccini|
|Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg||Schlosstheater||Germany: Rheinsberg||young singers|
|Läckö Castle Opera||Läckö Castle||Sweden: Lidköping||Inner courtyard of baroque castle|
|Lismore Opera Festival||Lismore Castle||Republic of Ireland: Lismore, County Waterford|
|Lucerne Festival||Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre||Switzerland: Lucerne|
|Longborough Festival Opera||Banks Fee House||United Kingdom: Longborough||Country house opera|
|Maggio Musicale Fiorentino||Teatro Communale and Teatro della Pergola||Italy: Florence|
|Miskolc Opera Festival||Grand Theatre||Hungary: Miskolc||Bartok; other operas|
|Munich Biennale||Gasteig||Germany: Munich||New opera and music-theatre|
|Munich Opera Festival||Nationaltheater München||Germany: Munich|
|Nevill Holt Opera||Nevill Holt Hall||United Kingdom: Nevill Holt, Leicestershire||Country house opera|
|Opera Barga Festival||Teatro dei Differenti||Italy: Barga|
|Opéra de Baugé||Les Capucins||France: Baugé||Country house opera|
|Opera Holland Park||Holland Park Theatre||United Kingdom: London|
|Opera Memphis||Playhouse on the Square||United States: Memphis, Tennessee|
| Opera Saratoga |
(formerly Lake George Opera)
|Spa Little Theater||United States: Saratoga Springs, New York|
|Opera Theatre of Lucca||Teatro del Giglio||Italy: Lucca|
|Opera Theatre of Saint Louis||Loretto-Hilton Theater||United States: St. Louis, Missouri|
|OperaFest||Tulchyn, Ukraine||Tulchyn, Ukraine|
|Operosa||Herceg Novi, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Belgrade, Serbia||Montenegro: Herceg Novi|
|Opernfest||Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi||Berlin, Germany|
|Pafos Aphrodite Festival Cyprus||Paphos Castle||Cyprus: Paphos|
|Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice||United States: Phoenicia, New York|
|PromFest||Endla Theatre||Estonia: Pärnu|
|Ravenna Festival||Teatro Communale Alighieri||Italy: Ravenna|
|Ravinia Festival||Ravinia Park||United States: Highland Park, Illinois|
|Rossini in Wildbad||Kurtheater||Germany: Bad Wildbad||Gioachino Rossini|
|Rossini Opera Festival||Teatro Rossini||Italy: Pesaro||Gioachino Rossini|
|Salzburg Easter Festival||Großes Festspielhaus||Austria: Salzburg|
|Salzburg Summer Festival||Großes Festspielhaus||Austria: Salzburg|
|Salzburg Whitsun Festival||Großes Festspielhaus||Austria: Salzburg|
|Santa Fe Opera||The Crosby Theatre||United States: Santa Fe, New Mexico||Five productions: balance of popular operas plus those rarely performed and North American / World premieres|
|Savonlinna Opera Festival||Olavinlinna Castle||Finland: Savonlinna||Mediaeval castle surrounded by a lake|
|Schwetzingen Festival||Schlosstheater Schwetzingen||Germany: Schwetzingen|
|Sferisterio Opera Festival||Sferisterio di Macerata||Italy: Macerata|
|Spoleto Festival USA||Gaillard Municipal Auditorium / Memminger Auditorium||United States: Charleston, South Carolina|
|Stars of the White Nights Festival||Mariinsky Theatre||Russia: St Petersburg|
|Strasbourg Music Festival||various locations including Strasbourg Cathedral||France: Strasbourg|
|Stålboga Summer Opera||Music pavilion at Stålboga manor house||Sweden: Södermanland||Country house opera|
|Tanglewood Music Festival||Tanglewood Music Center||United States: Lenox, Massachusetts|
|Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Summer Festival||Baths of Caracalla||Italy: Rome|
|Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre||Ellen Eccles Theatre and Utah Theatre||United States: Logan, Utah||Performs 5-6 works of Opera and Musical Theatre in two venues.|
|Verbier Festival and Academy||Salle Médran||Switzerland: Verbier|
|Wexford Festival Opera||Wexford Opera House||Ireland: Wexford||Rare works|
|Wiener Festwochen||Theater an der Wien||Austria: Vienna||Contemporary works|
|Wolf Trap Opera Company||Filene Center||United States: Vienna, Virginia|
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