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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Outdoor Opera and Ballet on Rhine for All in Düsseldorf

Live outdoor gala broadcast from Düsseldorf’s opera house Deutsche Oper and major summer outdoor event in city’s historic Old Town continue after last year’s successful premier. Ballet added opera.

Düsseldorf, Germany -- On Friday, July 16, 2010, a major opera gala featuring international stars will be visible in two Düsseldorf locations at once: At the Deutsche Oper, one of Germany’s premier opera houses, and on a giant outdoor screen in Düsseldorf’s castle square in the heart of the city’s historic Old Town.

With the event at the opera house for ticket holders and the live broadcast a free event open to anyone, Düsseldorf joins other major German opera cities in an effort to make opera more accessible. This has led to attracting a wider audience and opening the art form to more people in Düsseldorf than would fit in the opera house; hence, the name “Opera and Ballet for All.” More than 10,000 people gathered for last year’s outdoor broadcast.

Musical director Axel Kober will conduct Düsseldorf Symphonic Orchestra that night, and Martin Schluepfer will direct the “Ballet on the Rhine.” Solo Performers include Vesselina Kasarova, one of the world’s most sought-after mezzo soprano singers.

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