Opéra de Baugé is Held at the Historic 16th Century Les Capucins:
Paris has opera houses that are fit for emperors, but for those who enjoy opera and love the French countryside, Opéra de Baugé combines opera and the ability to meet up with friends for a picnic in the countryside.
Baugé is a canton in the Maine-et-Loire département, about 40 kms east of Angers. Whilst not a mainstream tourist destination, it has 1,000 years of history and an opera festival that attracts more and more visitors each year.
Opéra de Baugé
Opéra de Baugé is set in a theatre which is specially erected at Les Capucins, a sixteenth-century estate in Anjou. This country house opera festival, which takes place in July and August in the French countryside, is now an international event in its tenth year. Each season, Opéra de Baugé offers its own, new and fully-staged opera productions at this historical 16th century property.
During the 90-minute interval, opera patrons can picnic in the park of Les Capucins or dine in the restaurant in the manor house (advance booking required). You can bring your own picnic, and many people do make this an occasion and bring quite elaborate picnics. It is also possible to order picnic hampers in advance.
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