" The Night will be Red and Black." Gérard de Nerval

From the 13th of March to the 2nd of April 2020, the Opéra de Lyon will be holding its annual festival, featuring three major works, filled with gloom and passion.

 Archives | Last updated date : 03/04/2020

One theme evoking passion and two colours: the black of night, death, doom and misfortune; the red of fire, blood, tragic love and celebration. The tone is set.

Three operas on the programme: 

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi,

This magnificent and very dark opera, featuring a curse, honour, love and revenge, was based on a neglected work by Victor Hugo.  The unconventional production by Axel Ranisch offers plenty of surprises. The orchestra is conducted by Michele Spotti. 

Irrelohe by Franz Schreker    

A romantic drama, a family curse, jealousy and hate form the tale of Irrelohe, a rare opera written by Schreker – composer of Die Gezeichneten (The Branded), who was shut out by the Nazis in Germany – that offers music of great richness and modernity. The opera is conducted by Bernhard Kontarsky and directed by David Bösch (who has already directed The Branded). 

Der Mond (The moon) by Carl Orff

Performed outside of the Opera House, at the Théâtre du Point du Jour, this opera is based on The Moon, a strange and gloomy tale by the Brothers Grimm. It features the original signature of the composer of the Carmina Burana. The dark scenery is lit up with video animations created by Grégoire Pont, full of poetry and mysterious beauty, and sprinkled with humour.  With the choir Spirito. A show for the whole family (ages 7 and above). In German with French surtitles.

With the Lyon City Card, you benefit from discounts on seats for shows.


Isabelle, our editor born and bred in Lyon! She was born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon in fact, studied in Lyon and now lives here. Territorial? Absolutely not! She loves travelling, widening her horizons, meeting new people and enjoys a change of scenery (without snow, if possible). Isabelle is curious and a people person, two attributes that often go hand in hand! Her favourite colour is green and her motto "a day without laughter is a day wasted!" 

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