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Editorials 2016-2017

ANDRÉ HOFFMANN, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

I am pleased to see how the Opéra de Lausanne has made a name for itself as an international opera house. It continues to build on its accomplishments and contributes to its future reputation. Its ambitions live up to the expectations of music lovers.

Rooted in the present, the Opéra de Lausanne seeks to encourage new creations. It kicks off and ends the upcoming season with two brand-new productions that showcase their directors. Robert Carsen will return to Lausanne to present his version of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his international career. We’ll then have to wait until June to enjoy Don Giovanni directed by our very own director, Éric Vigié.

Our programme will also include yet another great contemporary opera star, Olga Peretyatko, and we will continue to invest in our region’s rising talents. Whether they be singers, musicians or set decorators, it is crucial to help them boost their emerging careers.

The future also involves our audience. This is why we will continue to put on all-age operas for the third time. We will also have the honour of presenting Les Zoocrates, a world premiere with music by Thierry Besançon.

Innovative productions, premieres and beautiful voices will all contribute to the moments of pure joy we hope to offer you next season. Since there is no greater joy than that which is shared, I hope you will be as proud as I am to invite your friends to the Opéra.

I’m looking forward to seeing youthere and thank you for your loyalty.

Eric Vigié, Director of the Opéra de Lausanne

The new season will, once again, feature beautiful voices and theatre.

We will take you on a journey through four centuries of opera, joining Orpheus on his spiritual quest directed by the great Robert Carsen, Siroe and his lust for conquest portrayed by Max Emanuel Cencic, and Baron Gondremarck and his thirst for Paris' wild nightlife!

You will encounter Hamlet mulling over his revenge, a hero of one of the masterpieces of French opera, get a glimpse into Mimi and Rodolfo's life, and witness Don Giovanni's lavish decadence.

Our younger audience will smile at the tale of the lion, king of the jungle, who gives up his position to find himself unwillingly giving democracy lessons to the beasts in his company willing to do anything to rule.

Ballets and concerts complete our new season. We look forward to seeing many of you at the Opéra de Lausanne where we hope to satisfy your curiousity and awaken your senses.