Birgitta Festival is an international musical theatre festival with a rich history that brings you top productions from around the world every summer. No less important is one of the festival’s key characteristics, its unique venue, the Ruins of Bridgettine Convent. The mystery of the ruins along with the romantic August evenings and excellent culture is the reason why people visit the festival year after year.
This time the festival takes place for the 15th time and it is dedicated to its creator, maestro Eri Klas. That means that the program includes productions that in one way or another have something to do with Eri Klas. A brilliant example of this is the festival’s main guest, The Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow, where Klas was the chief conductor from 2006 until 2011.
As per to the maestro’s own historical wishes, this year’s festival was put together in a way which would speak to lovers of different genres. Classic ballet is represented in the story of “Don Quixote”, a story of a knight whose life’s goal is to restore chivalry and to live as a knight in his own romantic world. There are even more surprises in store for ballet lovers, one of the main events of the festival is a ballet gala, where you can see the work of the world famous John Neumeier. At the opera gala, however, guests from around the world, who are all differently connected to Klas and on the top of their field, will perform.
The lovers of classical opera will not be disappointed either. Birgitta Festival 2019 offers the audience an emotional "The Troubadour" by Verdi as well as the widely recognized “Faust” by Gounod that has received several Golden Mask Award nominations. There are those operas that stay within the confines of the countries they were created in, but these two are certainly not an example of that tendency. World famous operas are brought to the audience by the conductor Jan Latham-Koening and the Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow.
One of the livelier guests of the festival is the a cappella group the Voca People. A group that has received nothing but praise from New York Times. The vocal group has such a wide range of performances that you can hear everything from classical pieces to Bruno Mars.