Evening performances usually begin at 7:30pm, matinees at 3pm. Times may vary for certain performances, as mentioned under performance details. Performance times and venues are indicated on the tickets.
Access to the theatre and the house
Access to the house begins one hour before the performance and access to the auditorium starts 30 minutes before curtain time.
Out of consideration for the audience and artists, access to the house after curtain time is only possible at the first break in performance and only to readily accessible seats. The performance is usually broadcast on closed-circuit video. No ticket reimbursement or exchange in case of late arrival.
A cloakroom is available at the Opéra des Nations (Fr. 2.-). At the Grand Théâtre, cloakrooms are available at all seating levels (Fr. 2.-).
Opera glasses on hire in the cloakroom (Fr. 5.-).
Free in the cloakroom.
All telephones must be switched off on entering the auditorium.
Performances are usually surtitled in English and French thanks to the generous support of the Fondation Hans Wilsdorf.
It is forbidden to photograph, film or record performances. We reserve the right to prosecute offenders.
THIRTY MINUTES BEFORE CURTAIN TIME
30 minutes before the curtain time of each opera performance, a musicologist offers you clues to help you appreciate the show. The presentation takes place on the mezzanine of the Opéra des Nations and the basement bar of the Grand Théâtre.
Bar service is available at the Opéra des Nations and at the Grand Théâtre one hour before curtain time and during intermissions.
"HANDICAP & CULTURE" Measures
Performances are generally surtitled in English and French.
Magnetic loop for the hearing-impaired
An audio system for the hearing-impaired is available at the Opéra des Nations and at the Grand Théâtre orchestra seats and first circle. Please set your hearing aids to position "T" when using the teleloop.
Access for the mobility impaired
A limited number of wheelchair seats are available at the Opéra des Nations and at the Grand Théâtre. Patrons requiring such seats are kindly asked to specify this upon booking. In the Grand Théâtre, access is by the elevator on rue Diday. In the Opéra des Nations, access is on the side of the opera along the Avenue de France. Please ring the bell when you arrive at the door marked as "accès mobilité réduite", and ushers will come and welcome you.
Audio description for the blind or visually impaired (in French)
Available at the Opéra des Nations and at the Grand Théâtre, this system allows blind or visually impaired people to follow the performance based on an audio description of the visual elements. The script is cued between dialogues or important musical moments in order not to affect the enjoyment of the work.
For the 2017-2018 Season, this system will be available Fantasio on Saturday, 18 November 2017 at 7:30PM and Sunday, 19 November 2017 at 3PM, as well as for Don Giovanni on Friday, 15 June 2018 at 7:30PM and Sunday, 17 June 2018 at 3PM.
For the 2018-2019 Season, this system will be available for Carmen on Wednesday, 26 September and Thursday, 27 September 2018, as well as for Un ballo in maschera on Wednesday, 19 June and Saturday, 22 June 2019.
The "audio description" logo is featured in our season house programme and on our dedicated web pages.
THE ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GRAND THÉÂTRE
It is always full!
Access to the Grand Théâtre is not limited to season ticket subscribers. You will find tickets with excellent acoustics and viewing at all prices. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the beautiful ephemeral building of the Opéra des Nations and the rediscover the unique Grand Théâtre at the place de Neuve.
Getting to the Opéra des Nations is more complicated!
Old habits die hard. Admittedly, the Opéra des Nations is on the other side of the lake. But access is in truth easy: there are over 1000 secure parking places at the Parking des Nations nearby as well as stops for 8 bus lines – not to mention tram line number 15, which only take 15 minutes from the city center. And why not come by bike, scooter or on foot? You are free to choose...
The Grand Théâtre is too expensive!
No, there are tickets at all prices. Prices start at Fr. 24.- for a full fare ticket. Furthermore, offers such as Last minute, youth and student propose very affordable prices.
I must be knowledgeable about opera; otherwise, I will not understand anything!
The successful opening of the Opéra des Nations has helped to defeat prejudices. Attending a performance in this modern and welcoming theatre, which audiences have already made their own or at the magnificent Grand Théâtre, everyone should feel at ease. The background information you find in our house programmes, our lectures and the surtitles available during the performances will make it easy for you to follow and enjoy each show.