Operadagen Rotterdam is an international festival with a focus on new developments in opera and music theatre. More than ever before singers, musicians, actors, directors, and designers are moulding the classical opera repertoire to their will. Whilst keeping intact the spirit of the works, they find new interpretations that resonate with the world of today and tomorrow. Operadagen Rotterdam invites the audience to broaden their mind and experience the latest developments.
After ‘Liberty’ (2013) and ‘Fraternity’ (2014), last year’s edition focused on ‘Equality’. In 2016 the three-part series entitled (R)evolution will continue and will focus on the people who inspire change. The 11th edition will take place from Friday 20 through Sunday 29 May 2016.
Rotterdam is a city with a fascinating operatic tradition, even though it does not possess an opera house. Rotterdam was named as the cultural capital of Europe for 2001, since which time the various organisations there that produce and present opera have worked closely together. As a united body they make the provision and the production of opera and music theatre possible in the city, they keep its quality high and they take each others’ activities into account. Opera Rotterdam* was the title of the original combined body made up of eight Rotterdam artistic organisations; it was later to found Operadagen Rotterdam, a contemporary opera and music theatre festival that was first held in 2005.
* Opera Rotterdam; Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Concert- en congresgebouw de Doelen, Luxor Theater and Rotterdam Festivals.
Operadagen Rotterdam is honored with the EFFE Label 2015-2016. EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe, initiated by the European Festivals Association, is the portal for citizens and for professionals to discover and get involved in Europe’s festivals. It is a new international festival platform connecting festivals that are deeply committed to the arts, their communities and European values.