Opera Les Azuriales 2011 at the Villa Ephrussi
What: Opera Les Azuriales 15th anniversary
Where: Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
When: 18 August to 1 September 2011
Contact: +33 4 93 56 51 41
This August, Opera Les Azuriales will be performing once more in the
spectacular setting of the Villa
Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, one of
the architectural jewels of the Mediterranean coast. In this Glyndebourne of the South of France, you are invited to experience some of the greatest
operatic music ever written, to wander the exquisite gardens, and to enjoy a romantic dinner (provided by Receptions Fauchon)
in the beautiful surroundings of the villa.
Among this year's highlights are Verdi's Rigoletto, Donizetti's comedy La Fille du Régiment and Jules Massenet's take on the tragic tale of young Werther, the protagonist of Goethe's story.
As always, the opera season is accompanied by an opera masterclass at the nearby Villa Kerylos and a soloists' concert. In addition, for this, the 15th anniversary of Opera 'Les Az', there will be a glamorous final concert in the style of London's famous 'Last Nght of the Proms'.
About Opera Les Azuriales
We make opera engaging and accessible. Each night we give every one of our 200 guests an unforgettable evening of opera in a fairytale setting. Our venue gives an immediate connection between performers and audience that is rare in an opera house.
The covered patio of the magnificent Belle Époque Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild provides the most intimate space for a fully-staged opera performed in the round. You are drawn into the heart of the performance, experiencing a thrillingly personal encounter with the operatic voice. Singing of exceptional quality and verve in the original language is made fully accessible by English and French surtitles.
The magic continues after some performances when the artists join you for dinner under the stars, in the magnificent gardens. The evening is like a modern equivalent of an 18th century soirée which is how the Villa was originally intended to be used by Baroness Ephrussi.
Thursday 18 August
Master Class with cocktail dinatoire (€50)
Saturday 20 August
La Fille du Régiment: private performance (€140)
Sunday 21 August
Soloists in Concert (€50)
Tuesday 23 August
Rigoletto (€140) / Dinner (€89)
Wednesday 24 August
Friday 26 August
Werther (€140) / Gala dinner (€95)
Saturday 27 August
Rigoletto (€140) / Dinner (€89)
Sunday 28 August
La Fille du Régiment (€140) / Buffet (€87)
Tuesday 30 August
Werther (€140) / Dinner (€89)
Wednesday 31 August
Thursday 1 September
Last Night Concert (€140) / interval cocktails
All performances start at 8pm, and the gates open beforehand so you can
take your fill of the delights of the gardens. Just a few minutes' drive
from Monaco, can you afford not to be seen here among the whispering
and the champagne and the stars?
Les Azuriales Opera Festival
Comité d'Honneur: William Birch Reynardson CBE (Chairman)
Christopher Hampson CBE, Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay, Dame Antoinette Sibley DBE, Geraldine
President: Sarah Holford
Music Director: Bryan Evans MBE
Sponsors: Credit Suisse, Ozone Young Artists Programme, Rothschild, Century 21 Lafage Transactions, Sixt Car Hire