7 beautiful outdoor operas around the world

These unusual venues will turn anyone into an opera fan.

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The Théâtre antique d'Orange is an ancient Roman theatre in France, built early in the 1st century AD. The Théâtre antique d'Orange is an ancient Roman theatre in France, built early in the 1st century AD. (Photo: Chorégies d'Orange)

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Ancient Theatre of Orange, France

About 70 miles northwest of Marseille, in the south of France, lies this 9,000-seat amphitheater that was built during the 1st century. Everything here seems to come with a sense of history. They've been holding festivals here since 1869, and the summer opera festival known as the Chorégies d'Orange has been going on for nearly 50 years. The theater itself was recognized in 1981 as a world heritage site by UNESCO and is believed to be the most well-preserved theater in Europe.

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