EDITORIALS · Season 2022-2023
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
(Lift up your hearts !)
There have been as many twists and turns in the fight against this pesky virus as in the most famous librettos of our operatic repertoire ! The 2020-2021 season was decimated, reduced to a single recital as well as the Béjart Ballet Lausanne performances for which we had made our hall available. At the time of writing, the 2021-2022 program is a great success, despite all the uncertainties that had to be faced. After almost two years of misery, the prevailing spirit is one of cautious optimism.
Whatever the case, Éric Vigié‘s program for our 2022-2023 season is both brilliant and eclectic. Witness an international cast rubbing shoulders with young graduates of the HEMU who will be given the opportunity to perform the same Elisir d‘amore by Gaetano Donizetti, along with three Opéra de Lausanne productions – including a “world-first” devoted to Davel by Christian Favre and René Zahnd. I have no doubt that this program will thrill you.
I wish to congratulate and warmly thank all the staff of the Opéra de Lausanne for their unfailing commitment during this pandemic. We are also immensely grateful to our municipal and cantonal authorities for their unfailing support, as well as to our patrons, sponsors and subscribers for their generosity during the crisis. Finally, I would like to thank my colleagues on the Committee and the Foundation Council for the time they devote to our beautiful House.
The season we are offering is one of the most important in recent years with seven lyrical productions, including a creation for our young audience with Pinocchio, as well as our seventh Route Lyrique which will start on 11 June 2023 at the Théâtre du Jorat.
The reprogramming of shows initially scheduled for 2020 and 2021 will make up a large part of the new season. This is a necessary step since the damage caused by COVID obliged us to honour our existing contracts, thus avoiding losing out on the artists we wanted to present to you, as well as the shows already put together and ready be staged, as was the case for L‘auberge du Cheval Blanc this past season.
We will be offering you a world premiere : Diego Fasolis‘ version of Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disin-ganno by Hændel, with his Barocchisti ensemble and performed by a soprano, two countertenors and a tenor. This project will be recorded.
We will welcome the famous American Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo company with their original and revisited vision of the great ballet classics.
Finally, for the first time, we will entrust two per-formances of Gaetano Donizetti‘s L‘elisir d‘amore to young talents from the HEMU, most of whom are recent graduates. This professional training project, which I deeply cherish and that I have been supporting since my arrival here in Lau-sanne, will reach a pinnacle in these productions. I hope that many of you will come to support and applaud them.
On behalf of the entire team here at your Opera House, I thank you for being so numerous in fol-lowing our seasons, despite the inconvenience of the constantly changing conditions in which we have been able to welcome you. Let us hope and trust that everything will soon be back to normal so that we can all enjoy this new season together.
Opéra de Lausanne
A cultural institution located in the heart of Lausanne since 1871. It’s become an emblematic institution in French-speaking Switzerland, contributing to its cultural influence.
Since its renovation in 2012, the Opéra de Lausanne has equipped its stage with the most advanced technologies, and offers a diversified choice of operas, concerts and ballets each season, showcasing a repertoire that spans from the 17th to the 21st centuries, from Monteverdi to Levinas. This diversity, as well as the artistic and vocal level of its international singers, ensures a dynamism and recognition that confirms the Opéra de Lausanne’s renown, and is reinforced by the rebroadcasts and diffusion of its productions, which are often acclaimed.
The Opéra de Lausanne is also known for its annual programming of a true opera for young audiences. In addition to the discovery of the operatic world offered annually to more than 2,000 students, it has a proactive policy of professionally integrating young graduates of the HEMu and HEMGe. In 2010, the Opéra de Lausanne created the Lyric Road, a unique decentralisation operation that takes place in the summer in the French-speaking region and allows distant audiences to enjoy quality opera performances.
A Bit of History
In Lausanne, opera has long been a defining feature of the cultural scene, reflecting the desire of Lausanne’s citizens for theatre, and not just music.
Voltaire was already praising the curiosity of the Lausanne public and was delighted with the reception given to his theatrical works. In its new building, the modern Opéra de Lausanne, with the strength of its heritage, is dedicated to preserving the repertoire, as well as showcasing and commissioning works for a wide audience including its youngest fans.
world-class performances and productions that are at the same time renewed and respectful of the operas presented.
Co-productions with other major theatres have made it possible to create spectacular scenographic productions allowing maximal use of the modern technical equipment installed when the theatre was renovated in 2012. The recognition of these productions is reflected both in the returning attendance of the public each season and in the co-production of a number of recordings, television broadcasts, and live streaming whether with Arte Concert, Mezzo, or the RTS.
Just as much a part of its area of activity, the Opéra de Lausanne encourages the writing and publishing of works dealing with Lausanne’s musical history over the past centuries. The editorial focus is combined with a strategy of commissioning operas from contemporary composers, such as Michaël Levinas, in order to spark and capture the interest of the young public in the operatic art.
The Choir of the Opéra de Lausanne is a young choir, comprising both vocal students from the Hautes Ecoles de musique romandes, Hemu and HemGe, and professional singers.
The experience acquired at the Opéra de Lausanne often allows new graduates to pursue a career that at times brings them back to Lausanne. Its members are selected by audition and are periodically reheard. They are carefully chosen for each opera according to their voice and/or aptitudes, as well as their stage presence. With their contagious enthusiasm, they are highly appraised by invited Directors.
Members benefit from several years of training under the direction of a number of dynamic expert Choir Directors from different disciplines, who are selected according to the works performed and their specific qualities.