Operosa is a classical music and opera festival founded by Finnish mezzo soprano Katherine Haataja in 2006. Operosa promotes young opera talent and contemporary interpretation to a modern audience. The aim of Operosa is to focus on repertoire ideally suited for young opera singers while working with leading international guest artistic directors and showcasing opera as a modern form of art and entertainment.
Operosa launched the first open air opera festival in June 2007 with a fully staged “Don Giovanni” by W.A. Mozart in the garden of the stunning Evksinograd Castle overlooking the Black Sea in Varna, Bulgaria. All Operosa events feature a mix of dynamic cast of conductor, stage director, designers, chamber orchestra and singers selected through auditions.
Operosa created the Montenegrin national opera premiere at Porto Montenegro theater with „Romeo & Juliette” by Ch. Gounod. In 2015 Operosa was awarded the EFFE label of European Festivals as well as invited to join ENOA - the European Network of Opera Academies - broadening the extent of opportunities for the young artists at Operosa.
In 2012 Operosa established a social media website called the Operosa Forum for worldwide communication between opera audiences, artists and producers, discuss future engagements and upload current examples of their skills.
Operosa Academia is a program for young artists to gain important direction in their careers within the performing arts. The Academia guests have included world class opera stars such as American mezzo soprano Jennifer Larmore, Bulgarian soprano Darina Takova and Serbian alto Marijana Mijanovic.
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