In its 2nd Edition, Operafest Lisboa, directed by soprano Catarina Molder and produced by Opera do Castelo, with reduced capacity to 50%, still haunted by covid, reached directly 3700 people and indirectly dozens of thousands. With wide media cover, it was the only event in Lisbon, during all 2021, to offer staged opera! It took place from 20th August to 11 Sep, in the dream setting of Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga Garden, by Tagus river, with all premiered productions praised by international critic: "Courage, audacity, imagination: these qualities, which one would like to find more often in the programming of prestigious musical institutions, are perfectly embodied by the very young OperaFest Lisboa, whose second edition was held this year. Led by soprano Catarina Molder, its enthusiastic and inspiring artistic director”, in Première Loge.
Echos of international critic:
"Les festivals de l’été – Operafest 21 : The Medium à Lisbonne, table tournante au bord du Tage", Pierre Brévignon for Première Loge
“Madama Butterfly à Lisbonne, ou le papillon du Tage” by Stephane Lelièvre for Bachtrack
“Ensorcelant Médium de Menotti à l'Operafest de Lisbonne” by Stephane Lelièvre for Bachtrack