Peer Gynt represents the coming together of two Norwegian geniuses - Henrik Ibsen and Edvard Grieg - to recount the trials and tribulations of a liar.

Last updated date : 06/10/2021
From Saturday 4 to Sunday 5 June 2022. From Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 June 2022, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. Monday 13 June 2022 at 8 pm.
The Lyon Opera House Place de la Comédie - 69001 Lyon 1er

Director Angélique Clairand offers us a different version of the work, conducted by rising star Elena Schwarz, focussing on identity and the cruelty of reality.

Director Angélique Clairand offers us a different version of the work, conducted by rising star Elena Schwarz, focussing on identity and the cruelty of reality.

Frustrated with his life, Peer Gynt invents an imaginary world that allows him to escape an unbearable reality. Constantly wavering between courage and cowardice, this anti-hero in search of dreams and identity overcomes the obstacles he encounters during his quest either by running away or by lying.

Personal odyssey
Written by Ibsen in 1866, Peer Gynt is a classic piece of theatre that has been staged in many different ways. The strength of the epic, the mysterious nature of the main character, the poetry of the language and of the situations and the philosophical themes give the work an undeniable theatrical power, sublimated by Grieg’s music, performed for the first time in 1876 and inspired by Norwegian folk tunes. Angélique Clairand had already adapted Peer Gynt in 2009 in a compact stage version with musical accompaniment by a smaller ensemble. The project here is quite different since there is a permanent dialogue, with a text performed by a group of actors. The music is performed by the Lyon Opera Orchestra, soloists and the opera’s Children’s Choir. In this new staging, the question of Peer’s lies is coupled with a reflection on identity, with his stories seen more as an ode to fantasy and his inner journey, as well as a tribute to the dreamers of this world. A personal odyssey buried deep in the hero's subconscious


An opera by Edvard Grieg
Director: Angélique Clairand
Conductor: Elena Schwarz
Orchestre, Chœurs et Maîtrise de l’Opéra de Lyon

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  • From Saturday 4 to Sunday 5 June 2022.

    From Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 June 2022, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm.

    Monday 13 June 2022 at 8 pm.
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