Making music at Masada

As dramatic settings go, particularly as an operatic venue Masada has got most of ‘em beat. True, Verona with its 1st century BCE amphitheater isn’t half bad, and the floating stage they set up for the Bregenz Festival, which takes place at the Austrian end of Lake Constance, has a lovely aquatic backdrop.

But the distinctive outcrop in the Judean Desert, with its dramatic military history and unparalleled view of the lowest spot on Earth, and the Moab Mountains on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea, give the Israel Opera House’s Masada Opera Festival a head start in the aesthetics stakes.


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