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Opera and ballet lovers will be entertained until July 22 by the 13th International Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival, which is now one of the most famous festivals of the world’s classical music agenda and the only festival of its kind in Turkey. The festival, organized by the Culture Ministry’s State Opera and Ballet General Directorate, will host 11 performances. Differently from the previous festivals, this year the festival will continue for two months.

The festival assumes a significant role in the presentation of Turkey through the medium of the arts and music, since its establishment in 1994. Aspendos International Festival not only contributes to the presentation of Turkey and its cultural diversity, but also proves the common acceptance of the growing concept of “cultural tourism.”

The 13th International Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival will begin on June 10 with C. Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” Two of the activities, Verdi’s “Aida” and “Madame Butterfly” will be performed by the Ankara State Opera and Ballet General Directorate. The other 14 activities will be performed by three international groups, as well as the State Opera and Ballet in Istanbul, Izmir, Mersin and Antalya with its orchestra, chorus, soloists, and dancers.

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