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  • 16th Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival

    Organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism with the State Opera and Ballet, the 16th Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival will take place this year from 10 June to 3 July.

    At the festival, the Ankara State Opera and Ballet will stage the opera ‘Aida’ and the ballet ‘Giselle’, the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet the opera ‘Carmen’, the Prague State Opera the opera ‘Tosca’, the Antalya-Mersin State Opera and Ballet the ballet ‘Carmina Burana’, and the Izmir State Opera and Ballet ‘Romeo and Juliette’. The festival will close with a concert entitled “A Journey through Magical Film and Dance Music’, to be given by the Doğuş Children’s Symphony Orchestra, Turkey’s only children’s symphony.
    The 2000-year-old Aspendos Ancient Theater in Antalya is famous not only among its counterparts in Anatolia but among Roman theaters in North Africa and Europe in general for being the best-preserved and having extraordinary acoustics.
    The festival was listed among the world’s top ten in a survey by The Independent newspaper. In 2005 it was also cited as one of the ten best by Festspiele Magazin, which closely examines festivals all over the world.