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.

Purpose & Aim

Operosa is a classical music and opera festival, and academia 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 is active in Montenegro, Serbia and Bulgaria, with Festival performances and Academia courses jointly offering young artists opportunities in their artistic development. A wealth of Operosa events have been held over the years all over the Balkan region including the Evxinograd castle grounds in Varna and the Ivan Vazov National Theater in Sofia in Bulgaria, the Dom Omladine theater and at the Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment in Belgrade in Serbia, as well as across Montenegro, where the historical Old Town fortresses in the town of Herceg Novi on the Adriatic coast are home to Operosa Montenegro Opera Festival.

Operosa Montenegro Opera Festival

The annual summer festival features exciting international co-productions and guest performances as well as opera productions and concerts, created and performed by emerging talent and renowned professionals. Operosa Montenegro Opera Festival has been awarded the EFFE label of European Festivals since 2015 and the stunning open-air venues of the Kanli Kula and Forte Mare fortresses, with breathtaking sea views, attract audiences and media from all over the world.

Operosa Academia

Operosa Academia is a program for young artists and professionals 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. Additionally, to offering masterclasses, workshops and studio productions, the Academia also regularly awards stipends to selected young artists through the Operosa Incentive. Broadening the extent of opportunities for young artists, Operosa has been a proud member of enoa since 2015. Thirteen European member opera institutions, over a thousand young artists and some three hundred professionals make up the enoa community.

Operosa Corporate

Thanks to its unique position within the world of performing arts Operosa is able to offer performances for corporate events designed to meet different needs according to occasion, location and brand. Through careful consultation and attention to detail our team at Operosa Corporate will take the time to understand your needs, optimize your budget and bring to life your most basic or grandiose ideas.

Rossini, Salmieri and the hard-working cast made this, in the end, a jolly and highly entertaining evening. Operosa has worthy aims, is dedicated to its young singers, and has found itself rather a fine spot to continue its endeavors.

Opera Now

November 2016

“Ein auge sollte man durchaus auf das neue festival in HN werfen, zumal touristisch sich etliches an Sehenswurtigkeiten anbietet, die regionale infrastruktur stimmt, und die Veranstallungorganisation wie auch das Angebot an Hotels und Qualitaet fur sich sprechen. “


November/December 2015

“Das Operosa Festival war Haatajas Antwort ein Festival, be idem Opern als modern Kunstform gezeigt werden und sich auf ein Rpertoire konzentrieren, das speziell auf junge Stimmen zugeschitten ist. “

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