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Editorials 2017-2018


Variety is what defines the new 2017-18 season at the Opéra de Lausanne.

Our new opera season is particularly eclectic and diverse, as it usually is. From classic opera to exceptional concerts and ballets, this bold programme will no doubt meet your expectations. This high quality scheduling includes Donizetti, Bellini, Rossini, Mozart, Verdi, and gems such as the Moscow and Monte-Carlo Ballets.

In a limited and economically uncertain environment, the growing success of the Opéra de Lausanne is, more than ever, the result of hard work and thorough management. Let me take this opportunity to thank the Opéra de Lausanne’s teams and their director, who work relentlessly, with passion, to satisfy as many of you as possible.

May this new season of opera, music and dance be a success and I look forward to sharing unforgettable moments with you at the Opéra de Lausanne.

Eric Vigié, Director of the Opéra de Lausanne

The opera repertoire we offer you this season has its usual emphasis on vocals, with a wide selection of important roles for some of the world’s greatest singers. Rare or rarely performed operas will take you on a journey through themes dear to composers of the 18th and 19th centuries : power, palace intrigues and thwarted love. The voices and personalities of our heroines, Lucia, Amina, Vitellia, Elena and Amelia will captivate you.

The performances we offer are all creations, which is such a rare feat these days that we mention it. Let’s mention Maria Callas as well, in an exceptional concert commemorating the fortieth anniversary of her death. After tragedy, to bring light to the holidays, we will offer Le chanteur de Mexico, starring an icon of the Spanish Movida, Rossy de Palma, as the eccentric headline act. You will also meet two great international dance companies bringing life to Russian literature and music.

Finally, you will discover Amahl and the Night's Visitors, one of the most emblematic operas for children. Performed in Lausanne for the first time, this production composed by Gian Carlo Menotti in 1951 has remained on billboards with an unwavering level of success.

This new, artistically rich season, offers a renewed panorama of repertoire that we continue to offer you, year after year, to fulfill our mission and satisfy your curiosity.