Brevard Music Festival to Feature Opera in 2018

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The Brevard Music Festival will feature opera in 2018. The festival will present two operas, Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.”


The Brevard Music Festival will feature opera for the first time in 2018. The festival, which runs from June through August, will present three fully-staged operas, including Verdi’s “La traviata,” Puccini’s “La bohème” and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.”

The operas will be performed by a combination of professional singers and Brevard Music Center students. The festival will also present two operatic excerpts concerts, featuring selections from various operas.

Founded in 1935, the Brevard Music Center is one of the oldest summer music festivals in the United States. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, the festival presents more than 80 orchestra, chamber music, choral and solo concerts each season.

What is the Brevard Music Festival?

The Brevard Music Festival is a classical music festival that takes place every summer in Brevard, North Carolina. The 2018 season will run from June 8 to August 11, and will feature opera for the first time in the Festival’s history.

Founded in 1935 by conductor Edgar Gregory, the Brevard Music Festival is one of the oldest festivals of its kind in the United States. It is also one of the most prestigious, having been named “one of the best music festivals” by both Time magazine and Forbes.

Over the course of its 83-year history, the Brevard Music Festival has featured some of the world’s greatest classical musicians, including pianists Vladimir Horowitz and Van Cliburn, violinist Yehudi Menuhin, and cellist Pablo Casals. Opera stars such as Maria Callas and Plácido Domingo have also graced the stage at Brevard.

This year’s season will feature a mix of orchestral, choral, and chamber music concerts, as well as operatic performances. Highlights include productions of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La traviata” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” both of which will be presented in partnership with Asheville Lyric Opera.

With a lineup that features something for everyone, the 2018 Brevard Music Festival is sure to be an unforgettable experience!

What to expect in 2018

Now in its 79th season, the Brevard Music Center’s Summer Festival will once again bring world-renowned conductors, soloists, and orchestral and chamber music to the mountains of Western North Carolina.

The 2018 season will feature six weeks of programming from June 9 to July 29, with a special focus on opera. The season will open with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata and also include productions of Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus and Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. In addition to opera, the festival will present works by Felix Mendelssohn, Sergei Prokofiev, Richard Strauss, Antonín Dvořák, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, among others.

As in past years, the festival will feature a mix of free and ticketed events. Free events include the weekly BMC Family Concert Series, which features kid-friendly performances of classical music favorites; the popular Sunset Concerts series, which take place on Thursday evenings throughout the summer; and Prelude Performances, which are 30-minute concert introductions given by BMC faculty prior to select mainstage events.

Tickets for mainstage performances start at $15 and can be purchased online at or by calling the BMC box office at 828-862-2100.

How to get involved

As the Brevard Music Festival enters its 69th season, preparations are already underway for the 2018 event. One of the main attractions of the festival is the opportunity to see operas performed live. If you’re interested in getting involved, there are a few ways to do so.

First, consider attending one of the many performances that will take place throughout the festival. Tickets can be purchased online or through the box office. If you can’t make it to any of the performances, you can still enjoy the music by listening to live broadcasts on WFMT Radio Network.

Another way to get involved is to support the festival financially. Donations can be made online or by mail. All donations are tax-deductible and will go towards supporting the festival’s education and outreach programs, as well as helping to offset the costs of staging internationally-acclaimed operas.

Finally, if you know someone who might be interested in participating in the festival, Spread the word! Social media is a great way to let others know about all that Brevard has to offer.


In conclusion, the Brevard Music Festival is a great opportunity to see opera in 2018. If you are interested in attending, be sure to check out the event website for more information.

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