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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.
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GenevaVertige Romantique

Andrew Skeels; Natalia Horecna

GenevaCarmenNew production

Carmen
Bizet: Carmen
John Fiore; Reinhild Hoffmann; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Andrea Schmidt-Futterer; Ekaterina Sergeeva; Héloïse Mas; Sébastien Guèze

GenevaThe Beggar's Opera

The Beggar's Opera
Gay: The Beggar's Opera
William Christie; Robert Carsen; Grand Théâtre de Genève; James Brandily; Petra Reinhardt; Olivia Brereton; Kate Batter

GenevaMigros-Kulturprozent-Classics

© Marco Borggreve
Bloch, Bruch, Brahms
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Lahav Shani; Pinchas Zukerman

GenevaBoris GodunovNew production

Boris Godunov
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Paolo Arrivabeni; Matthias Hartmann; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Alan Woodbridge; Volker Hintermeier; Malte Lübben; Mikhail Petrenko

GenevaPiano competition - 1st round

Brahms, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven

GenevaPiano competition - 2nd round

Beethoven, Debussy
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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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