A no-holds-barred tour de force, that's what the outdoor city festival Klassiek in de stad delivers, thanks to a dynamic collaboration between Opera Ballet Vlaanderen and deFilharmonie: more than 120 musicians, over 40 chorus members, a whole slew of soloists, 2 conductors, the entire corps de ballet, a spectacular stage and a small army of technicians will be opening the classical music season in a big way.

Klassiek in de stad is therefore not just a festival, it's also a big celebration that consistently draws over 10,000 visitors. For the two-day festival, we are all too happy to emerge from behind our stately facades for a playful mix of celebrated and lesser-known arias and overtures, the sweetest classical melodies and musical surprises, plus the grace and virtuosity of the dancers, performed outdoors. Goosebumps guaranteed. This year once again, the Sint-Jansplein will be the somewhat atypical setting for this now legendary event.

Saturday 2 September 20:30h
While ballet fans have to be ever quicker before seats in the theatre sell out, Royal Ballet Flanders offers a sublime sampling of their repertoire live on a city square: established choreographies or works in progress, anything goes.

Sunday 3 September 11:30h
An aperitif concert XL, featuring the musical highlights from the new opera season. A first-rate orchestra, a superb opera chorus and a whole array of top soloists – for you, the audience, we'll stop at nothing. This top class team conducted by Jan Schweiger will take you in no time through the entire season so that you can already pick out which productions you won't want to miss onstage.

Sunday 3 September 18:00h
On Sunday evening, we will hand over the stage on the square to our colleagues from the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra.

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