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15 Top Classical and Opera Summer Music Festivals to Love in 2022

best classical music and opera festivals in Europe and America to put on your calendar now for summer 2022, including Tanglewood, the BBC Proms, Glyndebourne, Aspen, Vail, Santa Fe and more.

For classical music and opera fans, we’re happy to report that our favorite summer festivals are on again. Our intrepid correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has a roundup of 15 of the best classical music and opera festivals in Europe and America to put on your calendar now for summer 2022, including Tanglewood, the BBC Proms, Glyndebourne, Aspen, Vail, Santa Fe and more. And don’t wait too long – after a long hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s huge demand for tickets to these beloved celebrations.

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One of our favorite springtime rituals here at Dandelion Chandelier is bringing you updates about the best music festivals that span the globe each summer. And this year, we are thrilled to announce that nearly all of our favorite ones are returning, live and in-person. It’s been such a long time since we were able to enjoy our most-anticipated summer activities, and we can’t wait for the season to commence.

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We cover all genres of music and also summer dance and theater festivals. In this post, for lovers of opera and classical music, we’re sharing details on fifteen of our favorite summer festivals in Europe and the U.S.

It’s going to be a magical summer!

best classical music and opera festivals in Europe and America to put on your calendar now for summer 2022, including Tanglewood, the BBC Proms, Glyndebourne, Aspen, Vail, Santa Fe and more.

The best classical music and opera festivals in Europe and America to put on your calendar now for summer 2022, including Tanglewood, the BBC Proms, Glyndebourne, Aspen, Vail, Santa Fe and more.

15 top opera and classical music summer festivals to love in 2022

1. ravinia

Ravinia, May 20th – September 17, 2022.  North America’s oldest music festival is delighted to return for 2022. This season features a stunning slate of performers, spanning Ravinia’s always-impressive range of genres. As well as the usual residency from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, attendees can expect unforgettable performances from Common, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley, Diana Ross, and if you can believe it, many, many more.

best classical music and opera festivals in Europe and America to put on your calendar now for summer 2022, including Tanglewood, the BBC Proms, Glyndebourne, Aspen, Vail, Santa Fe and more.

Classical music and opera festivals summer 2022: Ravinia. Courtesy Photo.

Stay at: The Four Seasons Chicago or The Ritz-Carlton ChicagoDon’t miss: Multiple tributes to the music of Stephen Sondheim.

2. Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne Festival OperaMay 21 – August 28, 2022. Held near Lewes in East Sussex under the supervision of the Christie family, this highly esteemed opera festival has taken place annually since 1934, except during the World War II years. It’s elegant, luxurious and very British. Glyndebourne is an English country house where performances were once held. Now, there is a free-standing opera house on its grounds.

best classical music and opera festivals in Europe and America to put on your calendar now for summer 2022, including Tanglewood, the BBC Proms, Glyndebourne, Aspen, Vail, Santa Fe and more.

Best classical music and opera festivals in Europe and America to put on your calendar now for summer 2022, including Tanglewood, the BBC Proms, Glyndebourne, Aspen, Vail, Santa Fe and more. Courtesy Photo.

This year’s festival will include performances of Le Nozi de FigaroLa BohèmeDon Pasquale; Alcina and, to close the summer, a double-bill by Francis Poulenc: La Voix Humane and Les Mamelles de Tirésias. Performances start in the afternoon, and people arrive early, dressed in formal attire, for en plein air picnics on the extensive lawns. A long interval during the evening performances facilitates picnic dinners or a gourmet meal in one of the restaurants on the grounds. (And yes, for those who can’t make it in person, there is a virtual option available. Tune in via Glyndebourne Encore). Stay at: The Grand Hotel Eastbourne or Gravetye ManorDon’t miss: The first performance of the summer, Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers; opening night fanfare will include Nyetimber Wines and tasters from the new Nether Wallop restaurant menu.

3. the hollywood bowl

The Hollywood Bowl, June 3 – September 29, 2022:  The enormous and historic amphitheater in Los Angeles will kick off the summer with their 100th year of programing.

Classical music and opera festivals summer 2022: The Hollywood Bowl. Courtesy Photo.

They plan to showcase a spectacular lineup of artists this summer, including Dudamel and Paris Opera Ballet, Ricky Martin with the LA Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, Diana Ross, and many  others.  Stay at: Beverly Wilshire (a Four Seasons Hotel). Don’t miss: The July 4th Spectacular, hosted by Steve Martin and Martin Short.

4.  the ojai music festival

The Ojai Music Festival, June 9 – June 12, 2022. Located just outside of Los Angles, this classical music festival returns for its 76th year.

Classical music and opera festivals summer 2022: The Ojai Music Festival. Courtesy Photo.

This year the program will feature six world premieres, including works composed by Matthew Aucoin, Anthony Cheung, Olivier Messiaen, and Carolyn Chen. Stay at: The Ojai Valley Inn Don’t Miss: Eastman, a multimedia performance on the life and work of Julius Eastman.

5. tanglewood

Tanglewood, June 17 – September 4, 2022. The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937, Tanglewood is quite similar in spirit to Glyndebourne – a serene country estate with ample room for strolling and picnics.

Classical music and opera festivals summer 2022: Tanglewood. Courtesy Photo.

As well as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops, the summer’s lineup includes the Julliard String Quartet, Ringo Starr, Danish String Quartet, Van Morrison, and others.  Stay at: Blantyre in Lenox, Massachusetts. Don’t miss: The Spotlight Series, which will feature evenings with Joy Harjo and Tony Kushner.

6. Bravo! Vail

The Bravo! Vail Music FestivalJune 23 – August 4, 2022. Several of the world’s greatest orchestras make their summer home at Bravo! Vail – now in its 35th season.

Classical music and opera festivals summer 2021

Classical music and opera festivals summer 2021: Bravo Vail. Courtesy Photo.

This summer, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic will light up the Rocky Mountains with their sound. Enjoy classical works, soulful jazz, and chamber music in unique venues throughout the valley. Stay at: The Ritz Carlton Vail Don’t Miss: The launch of Bravo! Vail’s New Works Symphonic Commissioning Project, which will feature world premieres by Chris Rogerson, Katherine Balch, and Carlos Simon.

7. Bard Music Festival and Summerscape

The Bard Music Festival and Summerscape, June 23 – August 14, 2022.  Held every summer at Bard College, about 90 miles north of New York City, Bard SummerScape features eight weeks of world-class opera, theater, and dance.

Classical music and opera festivals summer 2021: Bard Music Frestival and Summerscape. Courtesy Photo.

This year’s highlights include Strauss’s The Silent Woman; an exploration of the life and work of Sergei Rachmaninoff; and a world premiere commission by Pam Tanowitz and David Lang. Stay at: The Ritz Carlton WestchesterDon’t Miss: an adaptation of Molière’s Dom Juan, directed by Ashley Tata.

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8. The Aspen Music Festival

The Aspen Music Festival, June 30 – August 21, 2022.  This summer’s festival will include performances by Aspen Chamber Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Matthew Whitaker Quintet, Esther Yoo, and Pacifica Quartet.

Classical music and opera festivals summer 2022: The Aspen Music Festival. Courtesy Photo.

Tickets will go on sale April 12th. Stay at: The Little Nell or the St. RegisDon’t miss: A special evening with Renée Fleming, Rod Gilfry, and Robert Spano, on July 6th.

9. Santa Fe

The Santa Fe Opera Festival, July 1 – August 27, 2022. Founded in 1957 by the Santa Fe Opera Company, this festival provides attendees with a fully immersive experience in a stunning location.

Classical music and opera festivals summer 2022: Santa Fe. Courtesy Photo.

This season will feature Carmen, The Barber of Seville, Falstaff, Tristan Und Isolde, and M. Butterfly.  Stay at: The Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado or the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi. Don’t miss: The next generation, taking center stage with Apprentice Scenes; staged scenes from the opera’s singing and technical apprentices.

10. Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-ProvenceJuly 4- July 23, 2022. The Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence has been held each summer since 1948. Devoted mainly to opera, it also includes concerts of orchestral, chamber, vocal and solo instrumental music. Performances are given in a variety of locations, including the Théâtre de l’Archevêché (in the courtyard of the former Archbishop’s palace). The Jeu de Paumes (a restored 18th century theatre). And the Théâtre du Grand Saint-Jean, on the grounds of a chateau.

Classical music and opera festivals summer 2022:  Aix-in-Provence. Courtesy Photo.

The theme of the year is “trial and rebirth,” and it is reflected in the summer’s opus – performances include Mahler’s Resurrection, Strauss’s Salome, and Mozart’s Idomeneo, Rè Di Creta. Stay at: The Hotel Le Pigonnet. Don’t miss: Two world premieres; Il Viaggio, Dante by Pascal Dusapin and Woman at Point Zero by Bushra El-Turk.

11. Glimmerglass

Gimmerglass, July 8 -August 21, 2022The Glimmerglass Festival in upstate New York focuses on musical theater and opera.

classical music and opera festivals in Europe and America best to put on your calendar now for summer 2021

Classical music and opera festivals summer 2022: Glimmerglass. Courtesy Photo.

This year the program includes The Sound of Music, Carmen, and a brand-new opera from Ken Ludwig, Tenor Overboard. Stay at: The Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown. Don’t miss: A double bill of Taking Up Serpents by Kamala Sankaram and Jerre Dye; and Holy Ground by Damien Geter and Lila Palmer.

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12. bbc proms

BBC Proms, July 15 – September 10, 2022. The BBC Proms, founded over a century ago, is an eight-week classic music festival in Central London.

Classical music and opera festivals summer 2022: BBC Proms. Courtesy Photo.

Most performances take place in the Royal Albert Hall, with chamber music concerts occurring in Cadogan Hall. The full program will be announced on April 26, with tickets going on sale on May 21st. Stay At: The Bulgari Hotel or The Goring. Don’t miss: Footage from previous Proms, to help you get excited for this year’s festival.

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13. The Salzberg Music Festival

The Salzburg Music Festival, July 18 – August 31, 2022. The Salzburg Music Festival is always home to a tremendous lineup of opera, drama, and music.

classical music and opera festivals in Europe and America best to put on your calendar now for summer 2021

Classical music and opera festivals summer 2022: The Salzberg Music Festival. Courtesy Photo.

Highlights this summer include performances of Aida, Il Trittico, and Il Barbiere de Seviglia, as well as music from the Vienna Philharmonic. Stay at: The Goldener Hirsch HotelDon’t miss: Mozart Matinees, a Salzburg Music Festival classic.

14. The Bayreuth Festival

Bayreuth Festival, July 25 – September 1, 2022. Performances of operas by the 19th-century German composer Richard Wagner are presented here annually. Conceived by the composer himself, this festival serves as the perfect showcase for his music.

Classical music and opera festivals summer 2022: The Bayreuth Festival. Courtesy Photo.

In a theater built specifically for these works, attendees can enjoy performances of Tristan und Isolde, Das Rheingold, Lohengrin, Tanhäuser, and moreStay at: The Hotel RheingoldDon’t miss: Festival Open Air, where attendees will be able to enjoy Bayreuth’s musical events in a summery picnic atmosphere for the very first time.

15. The Lucerne Summer Music Festival

Lucerne Summer Music Festival, August 8 – September 11, 2022. One of our favorite places in all of Switzerland is home to an international music festival. First held in 1938, when Toscanini directed a gala concert in front of Wagner’s home, the festival continues today with the 2022 theme “diversity.”

Classical music and opera festivals summer 2022: The Lucerne Summer Music Festival. Courtesy Photo..

The program this summer will include more than 100 concerts over five weeks, with performances by Gloria Schultz, Tyshawn Sorey, and composer-in-residence Thomas Adès. Stay at: The Burgenstock ResortDon’t miss: Programs devoted to showcasing the work of Black composers and of female conductors.

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That’s our take on the best classical music and opera festivals in Europe and America to put on your calendar now for summer 2022, including Tanglewood, the BBC Proms, Glyndebourne, Aspen, Vail, Santa Fe and more. What do you say, dear reader? Which one of these is on your list this summer?

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Abbie Martin Greenbaum grew up in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, where she drinks a lot of coffee and matches roommates together for a living. At Oberlin College, she studied English and Cinema, which are still two of her favorite things, along with dessert and musical theater. She believes in magic.

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