Istanbul is preparing for an open-air operatic extravaganza next month. From July 1 to 21 several of the city’s historic venues will be home to 18 performances of eight opera productions -- as well as a gala concert -- in what will be the lineup for the Second Istanbul International Opera Festival.
The festival’s artistic director Yekta Kara told the Anatolia news agency last week that the festival would stage its performances at such venues as Yıldız Palace, Topkapı Palace, Rumeli Fortress, the Aya İrini Museum and the Cemil Topuzlu Open-air Theater.
Launched last year as part of the city’s European Capital of Culture stint, the Istanbul Opera Festival is part of the Ankara-based State Opera and Ballet Directorate-General’s (DOBGM) efforts aimed at eliminating the public’s view of the opera as an “elite” genre of performing arts that serves to the tastes of a certain class and make opera available for audiences from all segments of the society.
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