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Guide to classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Geneva

© Wikimedia Commons
© Wikimedia Commons

Geneva sits at the core of the European musical and cultural scene: between the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Victoria Hall, the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, Geneva can satisfy every music and ballet lover. Check our calendar to discover concerts, opera or ballet performances in Geneva; tonight, this weekend or the forthcoming month. Our latest reviews will let you know everything about what’s going on in Geneva, undoubtedly one the most vibrant place in the international scene.

Grand finale and bright new day: Grand Théâtre de Genève's 2018-9 season

Tobias Richter © GTG | Nicolas Schopfer
With the reopening of the Grand Théâtre and a Ring cycle, Tobias Richter's last season finishes his ten year tenure in style.
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GenevaIl pirata

Bellini: Il pirata
Alan Woodbridge; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Franco Vassallo; Marina Rebeka; Michael Spyres; Grand Théâtre Opera Chorus

GenevaMigros-Kulturprozent-Classics

© Kasskara
Locatelli, Avison, Bach, Marcello
Concerto Köln; Giuliano Carmignola

GenevaBrahms

Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes for vocal quartet and piano four hands, Op.52
Marlis Petersen; Werner Güra; Anke Vondung; Paul Armin Edelmann

GenevaSombras

Various: Sombras
Sara Baras; Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Keko Baldomero; Andrés Mérida; Luis F. Dos Santos; José Serrano

GenevaDas Rheingold

Das Rheingold
Wagner: Das Rheingold
Georg Fritzsch; Dieter Dorn; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Jürgen Rose; Tomás Tómasson; Stephan Rügamer

GenevaDie Walküre

Die Walküre
Wagner: Die Walküre
Georg Fritzsch; Dieter Dorn; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Jürgen Rose; Will Hartmann; Michaela Kaune

GenevaSarah Connolly in recital

Dame Sarah Connolly; Julius Drake; Grand Théâtre de Genève
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Outstanding direction of a fine cast: Faust in Geneva

John Osborn, Ruzan Mantashyan, Marina Viotti, Adam Palka © GTG | Magali Dougados
Plasson shows all his experience; Lavaudant surprises and delights with his direction; a strong cast sing their hearts out. Who can ask for more?
*****
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Elena Langer's Figaro Gets a Divorce shines in Geneva

David Stout (Figaro) and Marie Arnet (Susanna) © GTG | Magali Dougados
Elena Langer's gorgeous and tongue-in-cheek Figaro Gets a Divorce shines in Geneva, despite David Pountney's boxy libretto. 
****1
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A lacklustre Maid of Orleans in Geneva

Ksenia Dudnikova © Zemsky Green
The performance bids for musical purity, but ends up stripped of story and emotion as well. 
***11
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Wozzeck in Geneva: grit and light

Mark Stone (Wozzeck) © GTG | Carole Parodi
A strong, compelling staging – coherent in aesthetic and philosophy, if a little restrained in performance. 
****1
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Petibon shines in Olivier Py's ambitious Manon

Patricia Petibon © GTG | Carole Parodi
A Manon as sexy and unsteady as its heroine.
****1
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Too many greys in Geneva's Falstaff

Franco Vassallo (Falstaff) and chorus © Carole Parodi
A huge revolving grey monolith centre stage dominated a grey floor, grey props and men in grey costumes, all detracting from the gaiety Verdi envisaged as the essence of Falstaff.
***11
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A cinematic Des Knaben Wunderhorn in Geneva

Dietrich Henschel and the L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève
A beautiful and thought-provoking association of Lieder and cinema, which nonetheless remains difficult to decipher. 
***11
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