The first edition of the European Opera Days... Over 100 companies committed to welcoming varied audiences over a weekend in February.
La Monnaie/De Munt in Brussels ran guided tours of the theatre in all European languages – and a few others.
In Madrid, Teatro Real performed an open air concert on Plaza de Oriente in front of several thousands of people.
The Prague National Theatre offered guided tours of the historic building, theatre studios and workshops, an exhibition of costumes and screened excerpts of opera performances from around Europe under a large tent erected on the piazetta.
It was a full house day in Glyndebourne, for which tickets were snapped up by the local community in less than 48 hours. They explored the sets for Così fan tutte and Tristan und Isolde, heard backstage talks, toured behind the closed doors of the props, wardrobe and wigs workshops and delved into hidden stores. They performed an interactive children’s opera Still Waters and finished with a giant ‘sing-along’ of Carmen with the Glyndebourne chorus.
More than 9,000 people were attracted to the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux for visits to the production workshops, a photographic exhibition, a conference around a ‘Short History of Opera’, a performance of Rigoletto and a masked ball in the foyer of the theatre.