Operafest Lisboa Announces 2023 Edition

By Chris Ruel

Operafest Lisboa has announced its fourth edition titled “From Heaven to Hell.”

The festival will be held from Aug. 18 – Sept. 9, 2023 in the garden of National Museum of Ancient Art, in the city center with beautiful views of Tagus River.

Kicking things off is “The Magic Flute” with Cecilia Rodrigues, João Terleira, André Henriques, Patrícia Modesto, and Nuno Dias. Tiago Oliveira conducts and Sandra Faleiro directs.

Performance Dates: August  2 – 5, 2023

Next is “Carmen” starring Kristina Stanek, Rodrigo and Porras Garulo. Jan Wierzba conducts and Tónan Quito.

Performance Dates: August 18 – 25, 2023

Next up is a double bill of “Suor Angelica” and “Rigor Mortis.” Miguel Sepúlveda conducts a cast starring Catarina Molder, Cátia Moreso, Ana Ferro, Rita Coehlho, Ricardo Rebelo-Silva, André Henriques, and Marios Maniatopoulos. David Pereira Bastos directs.

Performance Dates: August 26 & 27, 2023

Gustavo Sumpta leads “Occult Forces.”

Performance Dates: Sept. 1, 2023

That is followed up by the “Great Singers for the Opera of Tomorrow” competition. Rita Castro Blanco conducts the performance, which will feature a jury comprised of Catarina Molder, Jan Wierzba, Cesário Costa, Sandra Faleiro, and Rui Vieira Nery.

Performance Dates: Sept. 6, 2023

There will be a three day film festival featuring operas on film. Among those are Ingmar Bergman’s “The Magic Flute,” “The Cannibals” by Manoel de Oliveira, and “Maria by Callas.”

Performance Dates: Sept. 7 & 8, 2023

Closing out the festival will be the “Operatic Rave from Heaven to Hell” a fusion of opera and pop.

Performance Dates: Sept. 9, 2023

There will also be a few lectures on Maria Callas, the world of opera, and singing lessons.