France has one of the most important operatic traditions and followed Italy in developing its own style.
Although the Grand Opera Houses are in Paris , one can find many charming venues throught the country where Opera is performed also during the Summer months.
Saint-Céré Festival: Enjoy classical music and opera in the most magnificent castles and majestic settings of the Dordogne Valley. This annualt even takes place every July and August and puts onto the stage the most talented artists of the classical world.
Italy, Opera’s ancestral home, offers visitors a rich choice of operatic seasons throughout most of the year. The Teatro alla Scala of Milano, the Teatro San Carlo of Napoli and the Teatro dell’Opera of Roma are world-renowned for technical perfection of performances and detailed magnificence of scenery and costumes.
The opera season lasts from December to June, as do the seasons at Italy’s other major opera houses:
Teatro la Fenice (Venezia), Teatro Massimo (Palermo), Teatro Regio (Parma), Teatro Comunale (Firenze), Teatro Petruzzelli (Bari), Teatro Massimo Bellini (Catania), Teatro Comunale (Bologna), Teatro Comunale Verdi (Trieste), Teatro Comunale (Genova) and Teatro Regio (Torino).
In summer, spectacular open-air opera is presented at the Terme di Caracalla in Roma (July/August), the Arena in Verona (July/August) and the Arena Sferisterio in Macerata (July). During July and August the Teatro Rossetti of Trieste presents an Operetta Festival. Two of the most important Italian festivals of the performing arts are the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (opera, concerts, ballet, drama) in Firenze (May to June) and the Festival of Two Worlds (opera, concerts, ballet, drama, art exhibits) in Spoleto from mid-June to mid-July.
In Greece , when visiting Athens you can take advantage of the new Greek National Opera. The new 28,000 m2 (301,000 sq. ft.) auditorium is an architectural jewel, designed to enhance the opera experience for opera lovers with its world-class acoustics.