Stage of the Ages is the first open-air opera festival in Bulgaria, which takes place in Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo, at the site of the medieval palace of the Bulgarian kings.
The first edition of the festival was in 1985. The festival is organized by Veliko Tarnovo Municipality and since 2016 it has been developed as a summer season venue of all Bulgarian opera theatres and rebranded as Open Air Festival of Bulgarian Opera Theatres “Stage of the Ages”.
The Festival has been awarded the prestigious EFFE Label (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) for 2017-2018 and 2019-2021.
In 2021 Stage of the Ages featured nine spectacles in various genres – opera, classical ballet, music and poetry, folklore, as well as an International Masterclass in Opera Singing with the opera prima Krasimira Stoyanova.
In 2022 the festival will take place in July and August.