Festival Smetanova Litomyšl is Coming Soon
This year's Smetanova Litomyšl International Opera Festival will be the largest in its history, marking the 200th anniversary of Bedřich Smetana's birth and the 140th anniversary of his death. The motto for the 66th Smetana Litomyšl is "Our Homeland," which emphasizes the roots, traditions, and national character of the celebration and festival.

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A visit to Smetana’s Litomyšl, the second oldest music festival in Czechia and the largest classical music festival outside of Prague, promises an extraordinary experience this year. Running from June 8 to July 7, the festival will be longer than ever before, offering spectacular programming and amazing performances.

The highlight of the festival will be a concert performance of Smetana’s opera on June 15 and 16 at the Festival Hall, featuring star conductor Jakub Hrůša and soprano Kateřina Kněžíková. This performance it main and most festive point of the bicentenary of the birth of Bedřich Smetana, the founder of Czech classical music at the festival that bears his name.
You can enjoy Our homeland, the programme full of iconic Czech music (on 30 June) or Wihan Quartet (on 5 July). One of the main attractions will be a gala concert by British-Italian tenor Freddie De Tommaso, acclaimed by experts as the successor of Luciano Pavarotti (on 3 July).

Litomyšl with UNESCO brand

The main program
consists of opera productions, concert versions of operas, gala concerts, oratorios, cantatas, and songbook evenings, but the varied program also offers room for ballet, church, and promenade concerts or forms that overlap other genres. The center of festival events is the magnificent Litomyšl, registered as a UNESCO site.

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We’re celebrating here in Czechia, and you can join us. This year we’re celebrating Czech music that has become famous all over the world. We should certainly take out hats off to Czechia, as even though it’s a fairly small country, it has produced so many amazing composers, singers and orchestras that rank up alongside some the best of the world’s very best.