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Opera Ballet 2017 Summer Festivals In Turkey


Opera ballet programs come to end at the end of May, then the summer festivities begin in Turkey. We have compiled a list of festivals in Istanbul, Izmir, Bodrum and Antalya where opera ballet companies will be performing this summer. Internet addresses are provided for details, where you can visit for more information as well as to purchase tickets.

Foreign tour companies are taking their programs to these festivals, giving their guests the chance to participate to opera ballet nights at summer resorts. It is a very pleasant feeling to watch opera or ballet in warm evening outdoors with your loved ones.

Istanbul 8th International Opera festival, 13-23 June 2017
The abduction from Seraglio, opera by Mozart, Archeology Museum
Opera stars, by Mersin Opera, Zorlu Performance Arts Center (PSM)
Macbeth, by Verdi, Mersin Opera company, Zorlu PSM
Faust, by Gounod, Istanbul Opera, Zorlu PSM

Bodrum 15th International Ballet Festival, 18th July – 12th August
Sleeping beauty, by Tchaikovsky, Istanbul state opera and ballet
Cuba vira !, modern dance, Cuba
Harem, Ankara opera and ballet
Zorba, Theodorakis, Ankara opera and ballet house
Romeo Juliet, Tchaikovsky, Izmir
Gaia- a fuego lento, Kazakhstan Astana ballet group
Amore, Svetlana Zakharova Moscow ballet company
Dance of color, by Mozart, Mersin opera and ballet company
Born to dance, Flamenco, Los Vivancos

Antalya 24. International Aspendos 23 August- 7 September
Aida, by Verdi, Antalya Opera,
Macbeth, by Verdi, Izmir Opera
Sleeping Beauty, Istanbul Ballet
Samson and Dalila, Saint-Sans, İzmir Opera
Scheherazade-Chopina- Polonaise dances by Moscow State Opera
Tosca, by Puccini, Estonia National opera

Here are opera and ballet days you can also follow:

Eskişehir opera ballet days, 3-12 May
Mardin opera ballet days 20-23-25 May
Trabzon opera ballet days 18-21-23 April
Gaziantep opera ballet days, 22-23-25 April
İzmir Ephesus opera ballet days, 16-19-22 September

Here are the performances in opera days:

Looking for a tenor, musical comedy, by Ankara opera and ballet
Harem, by Ankara opera and ballet
Nasreddin Hodja, children’s opera

When “Looking for a Tenor” banners are announced on the local billboards, many people think that it is a business proclamation. They say “I do not know what tenor is, but I can handle every job”, so they apply to opera ballet administration. This is not a joke.

Istanbul 5th International Ballet Competition is to be held on 8-13 July. All details and ticket informations are available at

We also need to follow the D-marine Turgutreis Classical Music Festival and the Bodrum Gümüşlük Piano Days.

We wish you warm peaceful beautiful days, warm and happy summer season,

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Haluk Direskeneli

Haluk Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department (1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP, Entergy), in fabrication, basic and detail design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities and research institutions. He is a member of Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.

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