The Grand Théâtre de Genève
The Grand Théâtre de Genève is Geneva’s opera house. Between Opéra des Nations and the scene at the Place de Neuve, it stages opera and ballet performances, recitals and concerts whose level of excellence identifies the Grand Théâtre as one of the great opera houses of the world. The Grand Théâtre’s technical, artistic and administrative teams all come together, with their specific skills, to form a staff of approximately 350 members, whose individual skills are all essential to the success of our productions.
If it weren’t for the many different skills of our technical staff, there would be no costumes, no props, no sets or footwear in our productions. Since 1996, the technical workshops have divided their activities into three branches: sets, props and costume, all requiring the specific professional skills of carpenters, locksmiths, painters and decorators, upholsterers and props technicians, dressmakers, seamstresses, tailors, costume decorators and accessorisers and shoemakers.
In 1962, the Grand Théâtre de Genève gave itself a resident ballet company and since then, the Geneva Ballet has commissioned two new productions every season from internationally renowned choreographers, which have made its reputation in Switzerland and abroad. The Ballet’s premieres always take place in Geneva, but the company is frequently and regularly on tour abroad, with recent appearances in France, Italy, the United States,Russia, Australia, Brazil, China and South Africa).
Also founded in 1962, the Grand Théâtre de Genève Opera Chorus is made up of over 40 professional singers, of all nationalities. According to production requirements, additional chorists may join the ranks of the Opera Chorus. The Chorus is an essential part of almost all the opera productions during the Grand Théâtre season.
An opera house is like a city within a city. Apart from its artists (chorus, ballet and guest artists), the Grand Théâtre employs over 300 permanent staff members in extremely varied positions: administration, accounting, communication, technical services, machinery, stage management, set and costume workshops, box office, ushers, etc.
La saison 2018-2019 marque le retour au Grand Théâtre de Genève, un bâtiment dessiné par Jacques-Elisée Goss et ouvert en 1879. En 1951, il est frappé par un terrible incendie, durant une répétition de La Walkyrie de Wagner : salle, cage de scène, toitures sont détruites. Il rouvre en 1962 dans une salle revisitée par Jacek Stryjenski, qui la coiffe d’un Voie lactée. La cage de scène est modernisée en 1997 et les ponts de scène en 2006. Les foyers, les espaces de répétition et les locaux administratifs auront fait l’objet d’une importante rénovation, entre 2016 et 2019.