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Cévennes Lyriques is a non-profit, which aims to promote operatic studies, and participate in the development of cultural and artistic events for a more diverse audience.

At the gates of the Cévennes, in the midst of vineyards and olive trees, in an idyllic, natural setting, Cévennes Lyriques invites you to share in our love of opera. 

In August 2024, the first international opera festival will take place in the Cévennes in Occitanie. 

Join us!

The president, Jean-François Abonneau.

Jean-François Abonneau


I am a music lover desiring to participate in the promotion of culture in rural areas so it is with great enthusiasm that I am engaged in this project of opera festivals along with Karen and Julien!

Members of the Association

Julien Benichou pour cévennes lyriques

Julien Benichou

Artistic Director

General and artistic director of the Washington Opera Society. Julien Benichou is acclaimed for his work with New York City Ballet, Annapolis Symphony, the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, and Baltimore Concert Opera. He has guest conducted many large orchestras throughout France and the United States such as the Dallas Symphony, and Orchestre Pas de Loup. This summer he will be inducted into the Order of Arts and Letters as a Chevalier.

Karen Kapferer pour cévennes lyriques

Karen Kapferer

Administrative Director 

As both a choir and orchestral conductor, Karen has conducted numerous ensembles in France and abroad. She is the founder of The Academy of Voice Akarena in Alès. As the Artistic Director of the Festival of Women and Music in 2022, she received 1st prize in a competition awarding projects that promote equality between men and women.