Armel Opera Festival was founded ten years ago to create an international opera event with a focus on opera rarities and especially, contemporary works. One of the peculiarities of the festival is that the presentation of new productions, from five different countries each year, is combined with an international talent competition where the jury selects the winner based on both musical and theatrical skills. Singers selected during the two-round competition are awarded main roles in productions presented at Armel Opera Festival, getting a chance to prove their worth and win the Best Performer Award. Each year premieres at Armel Opera Festival are broadcast online by the Franco-German Arte Concert television network. The productions are available for viewing to an increasingly wide public of opera enthusiasts for six months after the premieres.