Israel Announces Masada Opera Festival

israelThe Israel Opera reports it will host the fourth annual Masada Opera Festival, featuring a mega-production of Puccini's Turandot at Masada near the Dead Sea, in June 2013.

Set atop a spectacular stage at the foot of Masada, the festival will include five days of opera performances, including Turandot (June 6,8,9 and 10) featuring the Israeli Opera, Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion and international opera singers, as well as a one-off performance of Orff's Carmina Burana, June 7.

"The Masada Opera Festival is a unique spectacle offering a combination of world-class opera performances set in one of Israel's (and the world's) most spectacular landscapes," said Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America. 

The festival will also boast an "opera park," featuring restaurants and transportation drop-off points.