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Book your tickets for the season 2018 at the Lyon Opera

Not to be missed in February : In February at the Opéra de Lyon, the best of today's choreography is on display. Young and inventive Benjamin Millepied and Russell Maliphant stand alongside William Forsythe, the great genius and essential figure of dance. Another show deserves all the attention. Zápisník zmizelého (The Diary of a Missing Person) by Janácek is staged by Ivo van Hove, one of the most acclaimed theater personalities. Also to be noted, Daniele Rustioni who directs the Lyon Opera Orchestra in a program with Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.             


SEASON 2017-2018:

Invoking a season of the Lyon Opera is inevitably remarkable as the outstanding director of the institution, Serge Dorny, has accustomed us to a thoughtful, intelligent and incredibly relevant program. Not many theaters build their seasons around a theme and Lyon, in addition, can be proud of its international flair.


The 2017-2018 season is entitled "Wars and Kings" and accordingly offers Britten's War Requiem, Stravinsky's Soldier's Story, Janacek's Diary of one who disappeared and the operas of Verdi: Attila, Macbeth and Don Carlos (French version).


A contemporary creation (GerMANIA by Alexander Rastakov) and a rarity (Der Kreidekreis, the Chalk Circle of Zemlinsky) confidently crown a season 2017-2018, already rich in events. And last but not least, the war of the sexes is illustrated by two masterpieces of the opera, Cenerentola de Rossini and Don Giovanni by Mozart.


Under the artistic direction of Daniele Rustoni, the new permanent conductor of the Lyon Opera, the concert season is equally intense with two outstanding recitals (one with Mozart specialist Christian Zacharias and the other with marvelous recitalist Stéphane Degout). The orchestra turns baroque to accompany the counter-tenor Lawrence Zazzo and offers a repertoire with Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Ravel or Poulenc.


Dance is highly appreciated at the Opéra de Lyon and this season is once again filled with great events. Discover the impressive list of choreographers to enjoy! Jirí Kylián is particularly honored as he opens the ball with East Shadow on the music of Schubert. He later returns in another show that also presents a creation of Johan Inger. The other great names are contemporaries William Forsythe, Trisha Brown, Russell Maliphant, Benjamin Millepied and Jerome Bel. The neo-classical style is equally represented with the Bizet evening of Roland Petit where one can applaud the successes L'Arlésienne and Carmen.


The big voices are also well presented in Lyon with particular attention paid to the balance of distributions. As such, the Don Carlos promises to be quite exceptional. The original French version of the masterpiece by Verdi is offered in full extent. Michele Pertusi brings the necessary twist to the King of Spain in front of his young wife with crystalline highs, incarnated by Sally Matthews. Stéphane Degout brings audacity to the role of Rodrigue in an anticipated staging of Christophe Honoré. Don Giovanni has the flattering features of Philippe Sly who is very well surrounded (Eleonora Buratto, Antoinette Dennefeld, Julien Behr). Macbeth is played by Elchin Azizov (a voice to follow) facing Susanna Branchini in Lady Macbeth. Finally, Cenerentola seems ideally distributed with well-known talents Michèle Losier and Cyrille Dubois.


The numerous appointments of the Lyon Opera are all exciting promises.


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The city of Lyon has a long lyrical past, for, as early as 1697, the town obtained the authorisation (a then highly sought-after privilege) to open a Royal Academy of Music. Lyon's first permanent opera was built in 1756; the theatre was later razed, while its foundations served as the basis for a new theatre, opened in 1831. During this long history, the Lyon Opera forged, little by little, a solid reputation of proposing an innovative repertoire. This reputation was quite justified, and the Opera became known as the " cradle of French Wagnerianism," for it was here that the MEISTERSINGER, in 1896, and the RING, in 1904, were premiered in France. The Wagnerian tradition lasted until the Second World War, alongside an ever-increasing place reserved for contemporary works (Schoenberg and Henze were billed in 1967).


But it was mainly as of Louis Erlo's arrival at the head of the institution in 1969 that the house established a firm reputation as one of France's most dynamic theatres in the domain of lyrical creation. Besides the French premiere of Richard Strauss' DIE SCHWEIGSAME FRAU, the stage proposed the French premiere of works composed by, amongst others, Nono, Berio, and Bernd Alois Zimmermann, whose DIE SOLDATEN was performed here in 1983. This same year, the Lyon Opera became equipped with a permanent orchestra, with John Eliot Gardiner as its music director. Gardiner's wide ranging repertoire, and especially his sound knowledge of the baroque sensitivity, together with the affinity of his successor, Kent Nagano (appointed in 1988), for twentieth century music, have secured the orchestra's ability to readily adapt to the most diverse works.


In 1993, the new Lyon Opera was inaugurated, entirely redesigned by the architect Jean Nouvel. While the building underwent renovation, the company took advantage of the six seasons spent outside of its theatre to perform in different places, reaching out to a new audience. The new building, designed to incorporate a large glass wall into the existing walls of the old theatre, is symbolic of the Lyon Opera's past: a perfect union of audacity and tradition. The inaugural evening therefore included both a revival of Lully's PHAETON, that had opened the first season during the seventeenth century, and the premiere of Debussy's little-known unfinished opera RODRIGUE ET CHIMENE. Thanks to a reputation strengthened by continuing success, as well as a by the policy of maintaining a prestigious training programme for young singers and by the production of dynamic audiovisual projects, the Lyon Opera was, in 1996, the first Institution outside of Paris to receive the status of "National Opera by the French authorities.