The quirky Dutch festival" - The Financial Times
Operadagen (Opera Days) Rotterdam is an international ten days' festival taking place annually in May. The festival presents a stirring series of contemporary and confronting music theatre and opera productions as well as a fringe programme with many more intimate shows at unexpected locations throughout the city of Rotterdam to both public and professionals. Traditional boundaries are tested, old repertoire is redesigned and unusual formats are explored.
In 2015 the festival was awarded one of the five best festivals worldwide by the International Opera Awards.
Rotterdam is a city with a fascinating operatic tradition, even though it does not have an opera house. Since Rotterdam was the cultural capital of Europe 2001, the various local organisations that produce and present opera have worked closely together. Opera Rotterdam was the title of the original combined body made up of eight Rotterdam artistic organisations (amongst Rotterdamse Schouwburg, de Doelen, Luxor Theater and Rotterdam Festivals); it was later to found Operadagen Rotterdam, a contemporary opera and music theatre festival that was first held in 2005.
Operadagen Rotterdam is honored with the EFFE Label 2015-2016. EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe, initiated by the European Festivals Association, is the portal for citizens and for professionals to discover and get involved in Europe's festivals. It is a new international festival platform connecting festivals that are deeply committed to the arts, their communities and European values.