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St. Margarethen Opera Festival
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Bizarre rock formations on Europe’s largest natural stage form the impressive backdrop for opulent opera productions every summer.

Opera at the quarry St. Margarethen, Burgenland © OFS, Ricardo Herrgott

St. Margarethen

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For 2,000 years sandstone was extracted from one of Europe’s oldest quarries, thus creating a bizarre rock landscape that resembles a monumental opera stage set, and which today actually serves as one. Founded in 1996, the St. Margarethen Opera Festival now attracts over 200,000 opera lovers each year. A wide-ranging programme presents not only international opera stars but also jazz and pop greats in open-air performances. And the “Children’s Opera” series stages a fairytale opera each year, introducing young audiences to the world of magic and wonder that is opera.

Culinary delicacies are in abundant supply in the newly designed Foyer Park. The symbiosis between the chalk-rich soil and the advantageous microclimate resulting from the proximity to Lake Neusiedl create the conditions for the outstanding wines of the region, which are presented at a number of vendor stands.

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