The Armel Opera Festival is a unique operatic event that has presented opera rarities and, in particular, contemporary works since 2008. The distinctive feature of the festival – staging new productions from five different countries annually – is that it is combined with an international platform for emerging young singers at the start of their careers. The professional jury of the Armel Opera Competition assesses the singers’ vocal qualities their acting skills. The singers selected in two rounds of the competition are offered the main roles in the festival productions, and in the final stage of the challenge, they can prove their talent in the Armel Opera Festival performances and win the Award for Best Performer. The Armel Opera Festival shows are broadcast live on the French-German Arte Concert channel annually, and the recorded performances can be accessed by opera-loving audiences on the channel’s website for another six months.
In addition to opera productions, the Armel Opera Festival also produces publications and organises stage performances and concerts in Hungary and, since 2003, in the Palace of Versailles, the Opera d’Avignon, in Plzen (under the European Cultural Capital programme), the most prestigious Swiss concert halls, the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Cadogan Hall, the Hackney Empire Theatre in London, at Jersey Opera House and MuTh Theatre in Wien. The Armel Opera Festival Orchestra has accompanied the companies of the Moscow Ballet and the St Petersburg Ballet on their tours since 2013.
The Armel Opera Festival is proud to support young talents and to be involved in the professional support of young managers of international music festivals. In collaboration with Opera Europa, in 2012 Armel co-created the international Opera Management Course. In collaboration with the European Festivals Association (EFA) in 2016 the Armel Opera Festival hosted the International Festival Academy as a co-organiser, which received young festival managers and prestigious lecturers from five continents. The Armel Opera Festival launched its opera-writing competition in November 2012. The winner was awarded a prize of 6,000 euros and the composition was presented at the Armel Opera Festival in 2014 while the most remarkable scenes of other competing operas were presented at Armel Opera Festival in 2017.