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Saison 18-19

1819 Season

28 October > 15 November 2018
Opera
Opéra des Nations
Modest Mussorgsky

Boris Godunov

Presenting the original version of 1869, means meeting a tsar, an ambivalent person, both a powerful man and yet an unhappy one. Mussorgsky has composed not only an opera, but also a popular musical drama.

16 November 2018
Recital
Opéra des Nations
Tenor

Piotr Beczała

Off to a flying start, he appears on and enthrals the most prestigious international stages. The brightness of his tone immediately brings Puccini or Verdi to mind, but the repertoire of this extraordinary artist is much wider. He has notably become the ambassador of the French repertoire.

24 November 2018 11:30AM
Ballet - Events
Opéra des Nations
Ballet du Grand Théâtre

Wahada - Public rehearsal

Samedi 24 novembre, assistez à une répétition publique de "Wahada", une chorégraphie de Abou Lagraa. Entrée libre et gratuite

27 November > 2 December 2018
Ballet
Opéra des Nations
Abou Lagraa

Wahada

Supported majestically by the Mass in C minor, Abou Lagraa develops a dance portrayed with fluidity, abandon, virtuosity and harmony. A shared dance offering a spiritual journey, where the bodies become music, borne on the wings of the crystal clear Mass by Mozart.

21 December 2018 > 3 January 2019
Opera
Opéra des Nations
Gaetano Donizetti

Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali

VIVA LA MAMMA!
This dramma giocoso in two acts transports us into the world of opera, with its madness, whims and stars. It’s a funny work, a satire of the lyrical theatre, best discovered during the year-end festivities.

12 & 13 January 2019
Show
Opéra des Nations
China National Peking Opera Company

Peking Opera - The Fantastic Journey of Sun Wukong

There are few opportunities, outside of China, to indulge in the refined pleasures of this genre which mixes song, music, dance, drama and martial arts. A series of archetypal characters is usually used to bring to life episodes of Chinese history or folk tales.

18 > 20 January 2019
Young audiences
Opéra des Nations
Gaetano Donizetti

L'elisir d’amore per i bambini

L’elisir d’amore is a magical work which achieves a perfect balance between the comic effect of the libretto and the subtlety of the musical depiction of loving sentiment. Come by yourself or with your family and rediscover this tale in a shorter version, thanks to the presence of a narrator.

12 February > 17 March 2019
Opera
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Richard Wagner

Der Ring des Nibelungen

Beyond Geneva’s borders, nobody has yet forgotten the Tetralogy of the duo Dieter Dorn and Jürgen Rose. On a bare stage a highly credible story develops, which could even portray Richard Wagner as a teacher. However, behind this very obvious minimalism, magic comes into play and the myth remains intact. The return to the place de Neuve will be marked by the resumption of this emblematic production.

12 February, 5 & 12 March 2019
Opera
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Richard Wagner

Das Rheingold

The tale begins with five minutes of swelling, flowing, rushing, swirling music that makes you immediately understand that what will follow is no ordinary opera. The story of the theft of the Rhine gold is the introduction to Richard Wagner's magnum opus: a series of four operas known as The Ring of the Nibelung.

13 February, 6 & 13 March 2019
Opera
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Richard Wagner

Die Walküre

Following their remarkable production of Das Rheingold, Dieter Dorn and Jürgen Rose spin the second episode of their theatrical retelling of Richard Wagner’s epic Ring cycle. Opera’s best-known incursion into the world of film music, the Ride of the Walkyries is only one of many great musical moments of The Walkyrie.

15 February, 8 & 15 March 2019
Opera
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Richard Wagner

Siegfried

The feel-good part of the Ring is not just for Wagnerians; anyone who has marvelled at a bird singing in a tree can relate to it! As much as The Walkyrie spins a sad tale of revenge and persecution, episode three of Wagner’s ring cycle reads like a brilliant children’s story from cover to cover.

17 February, 10 & 17 March 2019
Opera
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Richard Wagner

Götterdämmerung

The plot thickens and darkens. The prophecy made in The Rhinegold is fulfilled in Twilight of the Gods, the fourth and last episode of Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung. Here ends Dieter Dorn and Jürgen Rose’s retelling of the great musical and stage epic that has challenged so many artists before them.

22 & 24 February 2019
Concerts - Opera
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Vincenzo Bellini

Il Pirata

On 27 October 1827 at La Scala in Milan, Il Pirata marked the launch of the great career of Vincenzo Bellini. This work of this Sicilian musician is heard all too rarely. This one contains magnificent pages that tell a story of love through melodies that are at the same time mysterious, sensual and romantically sombre.

27 February 2019
Recital
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Petersen, Güra, Vondung, Edelmann

Liebeslieder Walzer

At the heart of the Ring, an unusual recital with four exceptional soloists and two pianists lead you along the path of vocal music lovers. Liebeslieder Walzer, is a jewel of romanticism and draws on the spirit of the waltz and of popular music.

28 February > 3 March 2019
Ballet
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Flamenco ballet

Sara Baras - Sombras

Sara Baras and her company have set alight the stage of the Opéra des Nations with their show, Voces. For 90 minutes, she, and the artists accompanying her, overwhelmed and enthused a huge audience, who experienced what true passion really is. The ovations after each show thrilled Sara Baras and her company, who were performing in Geneva for the first time. Without hesitation, she accepted a new invitation to present us her latest work: Sombras (Shadows).

7 March 2019
Recital
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Mezzo-soprano

Sarah Connolly

The Grand Théâtre de Genève has wanted to present this artist for a long time, this English mezzo-soprano who was born in Yorkshire and whose diary fills up at a dizzying speed. Whether in recital or in concert, Sarah Connolly excels equally. Her powerful, velvety voice has a sweetly subtle touch. Her diction is clear and her phrasing perfectly natural.

27 > 31 March 2019
Ballet
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Jiří Kylián & Andonis Foniadakis

Entre réel & illusion théâtrale

Through the musical works chosen and their aesthetic choreographies, which place humanity at the centre of all creativity, Jiří Kylián and Andonis Foniadakis scoff at our society in plays which celebrate the beauty of choreographic art.

8 April 2019
Concerts
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Giuseppe Verdi

Messa da requiem

Is there still any need to introduce Teodor Currentzis and his ensemble, MusicAeterna, in Geneva? They practically belong to the Geneva stage having opened the last two seasons, in 2016 with Purcell’s unfinished work, The Indian Queen, and in 2017 with La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart. We may be sure that with the Requiem of Giuseppe Verdi, he will succeed once again in imposing his own particular version and fascinate us with his rigour and daring.

30 April > 11 May 2019
Opera
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Médée

The only lyrical tragedy of Marc-Antoine Charpentier constitutes the third part of the Myth of Medea that the Grand Théâtre has been sharing with you for several seasons. First of all it was the Medea by Cherubini, then Il Giasone by Cavalli. Charpentier’s masterpiece will be revisited by David McVicar in the company of La Cappella Mediterranea, directed by Leonardo García Alarcón.

20 May 2019
Recital
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Baritone

Christian Gerhaher

Forsaking careers as a philosopher or doctor, he preferred that of singer. Invited to the Salzburg Festival in 2006, then to Vienna and the Royal Opera House in London in 2010, he very quickly became a virtuoso of the Lied and has remained so ever since with his long-term collaborator, pianist Gerold Huber. In Geneva, his recital is devoted in its entirety to Robert Schumann, one of his favourite composers.

4 > 22 June 2019
Opera
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Giuseppe Verdi

Un ballo in maschera

Giuseppe Verdi, regularly featured on the Geneva stage, will conclude the 18-19 season, with a work directly inspired by the assassination of Gustave III, King of Sweden, at a masked ball in 1792. The work was only performed thanks to Verdi’s tenacity, after having been censured and rewritten many times. It is an opera that wavers between happiness and despair, between passion and drama.

21 June 2019
Recital
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Soprano

Patricia Petibon

Ginevra in Ariodante, Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann, Alban Berg’s Lulu and Jules Massenet’s Manon, without forgetting three recitals, yes, Patricia Petibon is well and truly at home in Geneva. She is returning to offer a meeting with the sorceresses – these feminine beings from Greco-Roman mythology who are among the craziest, cruellest and most malevolent heroines.

27 > 30 June 2019
Ballet
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Yacobson Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty

By inviting the Yacobson Ballet, a second company invited during the same season, the Grand Théâtre wishes to demonstrate its love for choreographic art. After Swan Lake by the National Ballet of China, here is The Sleeping Beauty by the Yacobson Ballet founded in 1969, Russia’s first independent company and one of the major companies on the international stage.

10 > 27 September 2018
Opera
Rosey Concert Hall
Georges Bizet

Carmen

The realists claimed it as a model, especially for its dramatic clarity and the passionate intensity of its protagonists. Carmen, the archetype of the liberated woman, flies in the face of the traditional codes of behaviour. Carmen, the dream role of every mezzo-soprano, is more than a seductress, she ranks with Orpheus, Faust and Don Juan in the Pantheon of mythical characters.

3 > 7 October 2018
Opera
Opéra des Nations
Johann Christoph Pepusch

The Beggar's Opera

Come and discover, or rediscover, a work, which enjoyed a tremendous success, when it was first performed and which has generated a number of theatrical and cinematographic adaptations. This is a new chance to get to know Robert Carsen and William Christie once again, as they continue their long and fruitful collaboration.

2 November 2018
Recital
Opéra des Nations
Bass-baritone

Luca Pisaroni

Luca Pisaroni was born in Venezuela, grew up in Bussetto and loved dramas, internal dilemmas and challenges. Performing was his long-time love and he was convinced that everything learned from lieder could feed into opera and vice-versa.