Opéra de Baugé

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Opéra de Baugé

They began by inviting artists to their garden. In 17 years, John and Bernadette Grimmett’s opera festival has consistently grown and doesn’t hide its resemblance to the refined, pastoral spirit of the International Festival of Glyndebourne.

Melodies for a summertime eve

In the Angevine countryside, the Opéra de Baugé takes the stage each year between July and August. For its convivial performances, it welcomes renowned singers including young stars. You can see La Traviata and the Magic Flute, as well as lesser-known and forgotten works. Together the singers, the 40-person choir, and the orchestra resonate each story with great emotion.

 

Intermission is the star of the evening, for the organisers invite the spectators to dine and share together. Meet up at the bar, taste dishes made by a young, talented chef, or bring your own picnic. As guests clink glasses and converse in the three-terraced garden, you’ll be tempted to unfold your picnic blanket next to the fountain or the stream. Sometimes even the artists join the spectators to sneak in a well-deserved break. But, listen up for the bell—it rings when the second act is about to start.

 

More information: operadebauge.fr