From 1838, Goethe’s Faust never left Gounoud’s side. The simple theme, as old as time itself, was based on a timeless legend, one that obsessed him from an early age. But above all, he was interested in Marguerite: a young, ambiguous, frivolous woman, seduced and abandoned…
The Grand Théâtre invites you to discover the world of Flamenco with one of its most prestigious ambassadors: Sara Baras. This performance has just the right balance of madness and fever to appeal to any flamenco lover. An unmissable event.
This oratorio, which was nearly 10 years in the making, was a gift from Robert Schumann to his wife Clara. In it, he offers the world his luminous lyricism and his religious, philosophical and existential questions. It is a work to discover or rediscover, completing the portrait of Faust, celebrated this season.
Although Mascagni and Leoncavallo never worked together, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci have become inseparable in the operatic world. As each is too court to make up a full evening’s performance, they found themselves on the same bill at the Met one evening in 1895. They have since become inseparable.
To introduce young, and less young, audiences to the sometimes complex world of opera, the Grand Théâtre de Genève invites you to discover Figaro-ci, Figaro-là !. The performance is specially designed as an introduction to opera, and pays tribute to one of the pivotal characters in opera in general, and this season in particular: Figaro.
Famous for its “cold song”, the semi-opera King Arthur tells of the birth of Britain and the victory of King Arthur over the Saxons. Here, Henry Purcell has composed his most elegant stage music in which tragedy alternates with humour.
In May, the maestro Ricardo Muti will honour the Grand Théâtre with his presence. For this gala concert he will conduct the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini, which he founded in 2004 to give young Italian musicians the opportunity to forge solid orchestral experience.
Over the course of a year, the stage of the Opéra des Nations will play host to the Da Ponte trilogy, Mozart’s three operas created in collaboration with the librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. In this masterpiece, in which the grotesque flirts with the tragic, we reach the quintessence of Mozart’s genius.
Now aged 42, Mikhail Petrenko is invited to perform with the greatest conductors on the greatest operatic stages. Whether he is playing Mephistopheles in Faust, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, Heinrich in Lohengrin, or Hagen in Götterdämmerung, the artist wins over his audience, recalling the great Russian basses who have made their mark on the operatic repertoire.
Like a meditative journey tinged with nostalgia, Natalia Horecna and Andrew Skeels invite us on a journey in which love, passion and lyricism mark their route towards an open spirituality suffused with freedom.