Les Azuriales is an annual summer opera festival located in the beautiful gardens of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, and features small-scale opera productions, recitals and soloist’s concerts. They encourage operatic talent by holding singing competitions and masterclasses and awarding scholarships to help young artists who show outstanding talent.
Last weekend saw Puccini’s opera Tosca held in the villa grounds, and this coming Friday (24 August) is a performance of Mozart’s 1791 Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) with singing and spoken dialogue, and the option for dinner or a glass of champagne afterwards.
The villa and grounds are spectacular (see photo below) as are the performances.
Friday 24 August – Die Zauberflote, from 8pm at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, St Jean Cap Ferrat
Travel tip: The villa is located 10 kilometres from Nice and Monaco. I would recommending traveling to this concert by car due to reduced schedules of buses and trains in the late evening when the concerts finish. There is free carparking in front of the villa. If you are arriving from the A8 motorway, exit to the Base Corniche (N98), and the villa is signposted for Beaulieu.
GPS Co-ordinates: latitude 43°6945937 – longitude 7°3292327