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Summer in Vienna: Jesus Leon’s Vienna Opera Festival returns with two Mozart stagings

Summer in Vienna: Jesus Leon’s Vienna Opera Festival returns with two Mozart stagings
Summer in Vienna: Jesus Leon’s Vienna Opera Festival returns with two Mozart stagings
Vienna Opera Festival 2023
Vienna Opera Festival 2023

Despite its name, the Vienna Opera Festival (Wiener Festpiele) was only founded in 2019 by tenor Jesus Leon with music director Toby Purser. The festival puts on a Summer season (mid-July to the end of August) in venues such as Mozarthaus Vienna and the Musikverein. The same team runs the Vienna Opera Academy which offers an opera programme and assistant conductor programme, and the festival takes its soloists from the academy, and has its own orchestra.

This year’s festival features stagings of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, conducted by Daniel Hoyem Cavazza and Don Giovanni conducted by Toby Purser, along with opera highlights concerts featuring music by Mozart and Verdi. 

Performing whilst the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper are closed for the Summer, the festival provides an opportunity for a weekend of Summer opera in Vienna along with supporting dynamic young artists.

Full details from the festival website.


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