Operafest kicks off today under the theme “Between heaven and hell” with the opera “Carmen”


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The 4th edition of Operafest begins today in Lisbon under the motto “Between heaven and hell”, in a program marked by classics, which opens with the presentation of Bizet’s “Carmen”.

Taking place until September 9 in the gardens of the National Museum of Ancient Art, Operafest presents three great classics, but also novelties such as “operatic raffles” and “cine-opera”, according to the organization.

This year’s edition is marked by three great classics, starting with the two most watched operas of all time, Bizet’s “Carmen” and Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” – in Alexandre Delgado’s Portuguese version – and ending with a paradigmatic work of the 20th century, Puccini’s “Suor Angelica”.

The program also includes the world premiere of “Rigor Mortis ou A Casa dos Anéis”, by Francisco Lima da Silva, and the contemporary opera competition, “Maratona Ópera XXI”, this time focusing on emerging singers.

One of this year’s novelties is the start of the Cine-Opera cycle at the Cinemateca, combining cinema and opera and evoking the singer Maria Calas.

This cycle also includes the “Lyrical Machine” project, singing classes for amateurs, the “Operatic Raffles”, which entitle you to a moment of opera at home, and the “Hidden Forces” performance by Gustavo Sumpta, ending with an operatic rave.

The 4th edition of Operafest is being held under the motto “Between Heaven and Hell” and, as a cross-cutting issue, the status of women and the fight for freedom and women’s rights.

Iris Lavan
Iris Lavan
With a background as a consultant in the medical industry, Iris Lavan brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Portugal Pulse. Iris also runs a company in Tel Aviv offering marketing, business development, content creation and public relations services. She holds a degree in economics and management, giving her a solid grounding in business strategy and financial planning. Iris' commitment to Portugal Pulse is reflected not only in her consulting career, but also in her impact on the Portugale media landscape in Israel. She was an interviewer for Hadshot Portugal חדשות פורטוגל, a media outlet that broadcasts news about Portugal in Hebrew, where she provided valuable information on current affairs, healthcare and the economy. Since July 2023, Iris has also been part of the Portugal Pulse team.

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