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Top 5 unmissable opera and opera singing concerts

in the South of France

For those of you who love the operatic arts, the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region hasn’t forgotten you. Whether you love lyric performances, operas or pocket operas, the scenes will leave you an unforgettable memory.

Festival Mars en Baroque in Marseille

The concept is in the name. The “Mars en Baroque” festival showcases baroque music and opera right through March. This repertoire which was created in the early 17th century focuses on operatic performances, cantatas, oratorios and operas, with an elite of specialized musicians and singers. Directed by Jean-Marc Aymes, Maria Cristina Kiehr and the Concerto Soave ensemble, this event which takes place over a whole month in different venues in Marseille, specifically L’Abbaye Saint-Victor and L’église Saint Théodore, is dedicated to Baroque art.

The Festival international d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence

The Aix-en-Provence Festival takes place every year in June and July. It’s one of the biggest opera festivals and is known the world over. Each year it presents new opera productions and also operatic performances and symphonic concerts directed by the most famous conductors. With Aix en Juin, the Festival has the town ringing with classical and Mediterranean music concerts. During the event, the artists are welcomed in symbolic venues in the town such as the Théâtre de l’Archevêché, the Grand Théâtre de Provence and the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud.

Festival Opus Opéra in Gattières

At the end of July, the Festival Opus Opéra takes over the village of Gattières. In the evenings, head for Place Grimaldi to attend the open-air pocket version of a classical opera. Experienced artists and young talents to discover. Opus Opéra performs operatic concerts and apéropéras in the neighbouring villages to share a love of lyrical art.

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Chorégies d’Orange

Created in 1869, the Chorégies d’Orange is currently the oldest French music festival. Their particularity: the event is staged in a perfectly preserved Roman theatre with exceptional acoustics. Every year in July and August, one or two large format opera productions are performed with a programme of concerts, film concerts, performances and ballets which showcase artists, soloists and internationally famous orchestras and ring around this exceptional monument with its striking stage wall listed in the UNESCO World Heritage along with the whole Roman town of Orange.

Les Musicales du Luberon

For around 32 years, the association Les Musicales du Luberon has been inviting lovers of classical music. On the menu, music from all the classical repertoires with artists, soloists, choirs and internationally famous orchestras… From Apt, to Ménerbes and Les Taillades, the festival gives pride of place to the lyrical arts with prestigious operatic performances, and pages of classical or Baroque operas.