DescOpera festival is a unique music event, of rare beauty, held at the foot of Orheiul Vechi Reserve cliffs. This event brings opera and classical music out of the traditional settings into the heart of nature. The guests of the festival will have the opportunity to enjoy perfect weather, fresh air, beautiful scenery and classical music, performed live on an improvised stage, set right in the middle of nature.
The festival is held annually, each third weekend of June and is visited by more than 5000 local and foreign tourists from Sweden, Germany, Austria, Romania, USA and other countries. During the three-evening event more than 500 artists perform on the stage.
The idea of staging an open-air opera in the Orheiul Vechi Reserve is the brainchild of Austrian conductor Friederick Pfeiffer. In summer 2015, Maestro Pfeiffer traveled to Moldova as the guest of the National Opera and Ballet Theater Maria Biesu”, where he conducted a production of Verdi’s Requiem in memory of the Opera's famous lead vocalist, Maria Biesu. On a visit to Orheiul Vechi, Maestro Pfeiffer discovered the beauty of the Reserve's unique landscape, and the stunning natural amphitheater formed by the limestone cliffs of the Răut River valley. The first edition of the DescOPERA open air music festival was organized by the Ministry of Culture, Education and Research together with the National Philharmonic “Serghei Lunchevici” and the National Opera and Ballet Theater “Maria Biesu”, and featured Maestro Pfeiffer as the guest of honor. The festival was incredibly popular and has since become an annual event heralding the start of summer, bringing together classical music lovers from Moldova and abroad in the cultural nature reserve Orheiul Vechi.
For the convenience of the spectators will be organized transport from Chisinau to Butuceni and the return of the route. The tickets cost 35 lei and can be purchased from www.iticket.md or from the ticket office of the Opera and Ballet Theater ”Maria Bieșu”.