"Armel Opera Festival started out as an extravagantly fresh, authentic and
seemingly inconceivable idea of combining two operatic events; a
singing competition and a festival; a bold innovation which has never
been attempted before or since.
The Festival’s original aim was - and still is - to promote opera, particularly
contemporary opera while searching for adventurous young singers willing
and able to sing and play the leading roles in the Festival’s productions,
created by opera houses and opera companies from around the world.
Since its foundation in 2008, Armel Opera Festival has staged 65 opera
productions in 18 countries creating a myriad of connections across
the world map of this most international genre. Our work has involved
hundreds of artists working in various roles. The operas we have presented
have reached thousands of people at our Festival theatres in Szeged and
Budapest (Hungary), Vienna (Austria), and at our partner’s theatres in Avignon
(France), London and Jersey (United Kingdom), and Pilsen (Czech Republic).
Each year, all the productions we presented were streamed on
the ARTE Concert (2010-2017), Mezzo Television (2008-2009)
platforms, and broadcast on Hungarian National Television and on the
Bartók classical radio music station.
Over the last ten years, Armel Opera Festival has evolved in numerous ways
and has meant many things to the many people we have worked with.
We treasure their thoughts and impressions, which they have shared with
us on the following pages."