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Aphrodite Opera Festival

CyprusAccording to legend, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, rose from waters west of Cyprus and landed in the town of Paphos…

Every year in September this god-pleasing spot hosts the Paphos Aphrodite Festival of opera. The Festival gives audiences an exclusive opportunity to enjoy performances of classical opera masterpieces from different countries.

The Aphrodite Festival has been held in Cyprus since 1998. One of the main objectives for organising the Festival was to make Paphos an international cultural centre. The organisers have, without doubt, succeeded. Several thousand spectators assemble in front of a medieval castle located near the old harbour of the town of Paphos to listen to immortal pieces of music. Beautiful and luxurious surroundings, and live performances in the open air – all of these combine to create a perfect environment.

The Festival regularly features well-known classical pieces such as Aida, Carmen, Turandot, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Madame Butterfly, Lakmé and numerous other masterpieces. This year will be marked by the first perfomance of the opera The Tales of Hoffmann since its premiere in Paris 130 years ago.