7 beautiful outdoor operas around the world

These unusual venues will turn anyone into an opera fan.

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Concertgoers relax before the Opera on Mall begins in Philadelphia. Concertgoers relax before the Opera on Mall begins in Philadelphia. (Photo: Opera Philadelphia)

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Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, Pa.

The annual Opera on the Mall event on the lawn adjacent to Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia draws out casual opera fans for a picnic and a show (and the ocassional Ben Franklin impersonator). Last year, 6,000 people came out to watch "The Barber of Seville," a rapid-fire romp of hilarious misadventures and mistaken identities. The series will return for a fifth year this October for a showing of "La Traviata," and free tickets are available to the public.

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