It’s still not too late to experience the magic of the Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival.
It’s still not too late to experience the magic of the Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival. This year is the 13th annual Festival held in the incredible 2000-year-old ampitheatre at Aspendos (about 25 miles east of Antalya on main coast road – well signed). All performances cost 10YTL for Turkish citizens and 25YTL for foreigners (compare that to a seat in Covent Garden). Take a cushion as you’ll be sitting on the stone tiers.
All performances start at 9.30pm so you’ll need a hotel, but that won’t be a problem in this year of reduced tourist numbers. On your way home the next day call in at nearby Manavgat and visit the waterfalls.
Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival
Programme from 20 June 2006
Tuesday 20 June – Opera
Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ performed by Mersin State Opera & Ballet
Saturday 24 June – Ballet
Bach’s ‘Winds in the Void’ performed by Zurich Ballet
Tuesday 27 June – Ballet
Borodin/Korsakov/Mussorgsky ‘Zhivago’ performed by Izmir State Opera & Ballet
Saturday – Monday, 1 – 3 July – Opera
Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ performed by Berlin Opera
Saturday 8 July – Ballet
Isikozlu’s ‘Emrah and Selvihan performed by Istanbul State Opera & Ballet
Tuesday 11 July – Opera
Verdi’s ‘Othello’ performed by Istanbul State Opera & Ballet
Saturday 15 July – Ballet
Massenet’s ‘Manon’ performed by
Tuesday 18 July – Opera
Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ performed by Antalya State Opera & Ballet
Saturday 22 July – Ballet
Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ performed by Antalya State Opera & Ballet