Since its inaugural season Opéra de Baugé has presented operas every year in late-July and early-August. The season has now grown to eleven performances and to three operas, which we regard as our maximum, at least for the foreseeable future. The total audience has grown to over 3,000 each year, and is expected to continue to grow. Given the size of the present theatre, at just over 400 seats, this means that we have an average occupancy of about 75%.
The performers are all professionals of today or tomorrow, and we are fortunate in having been able to attract some very talented singers and instrumentalists. Some of them are seasoned professionals, while other are students or recent graduates from music schools and universities. The master class, or what the French call "stage", is a crucial element of what we do. The more experienced members of the team transfer their knowledge and skills to the younger ones. Many of these experienced people give their services free of charge.