With the enchanting melodies of last year’s Macao International Music Festival Silver Jubilee Edition still lingering in our hearts and minds, we are ready to usher in yet another important moment in Festival history. This coming October marks the beginning of the event’s second quartercentury. The 26th Macao International Music Festival plays host to a total of 23 fantastic musical performances, offering Macao a rich assortment of musical fare.

Peter Pan, the internationally acclaimed Broadway musical, begins the Festival in inspiring fashion, whisking audiences away to adventures on a small island called Neverland and enticing them to “fly to a never-ending childhood”.

Tosca – composed by master composer Giacomo Puccini – is a touching classical work embodying the magnificence and elegance of Italian opera, the undulating melodies of its timeless arias offering the public sheer bliss in musical form!

Along with these two heavyweight productions of opera and musical theatre, the Festival offers a selection of ‘complementary music’ this year, as always, featuring the Macao debut of La Serva Padrona – a landmark comic opera by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi – and a concert by international superstar violin virtuoso Vadim Repin. Also highly anticipated on the programme are renowned British ensemble The English Concert, folk-jazz from Austrians Georg Gratzer & beefólk, the Lithuanian Kaunas State Choir and the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra from the United States, among other exciting groups and artists.

With a history spanning more than one hundred years, the prestigious and legendary San Francisco Symphony sets out from the US on their first visit to Macao to bring our Festival to a stirring finish, but before the curtains descend on another season, we will have seen musical groups from Mainland China, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong and Macao demonstrate their talents. The woodwind ensemble, string quartet, period music group, solo violinist, jazz combo and a cappella choir each bring us thrilling concerts, enlivening the Festival programme with a wide range of musical styles that cater for music lovers of all tastes.

The Macao International Music Festival stage has always endeavoured to attract this top echelon of performers to share their talents and broaden the horizons of our local musical and cultural circles. As always, the Festival features workshops and courses taught by the visiting masters, offering rare opportunities for music students to learn from their idols in person. It has been our long-term goal to nurture local musical talent and to both stimulate and sustain local music culture.

Your participation is critically important, as we invite the world’s best to our stages, showcase our own local musical talent and nourish the local music community. Macao will overflow with music in October. Not only do we hope that the concerts will free your mind and give wings to your dreams, we hope you will join us in our commitment to enjoying an everricher music scene.

Finally, I would like to thank all the artists, organisations and concertgoers who will participate in the coming Festival, as well as all our colleagues and partners both on-stage and behind the scenes. We enthusiastically await the arrival of the 26th Macao International Music Festival!