• Season 2022-2023
  • Opera
  • Opera


The Lyon Opera Orchestra, Chorus and studio

  • Dates Nov 23, 2022
  • Rates From 18€ to 69€
  • Location Auditorium, Orchestre national de Lyon, Lyon 3e
  • Running Time 3h10 , including 1 interval
  • Start 8 p.m.

In a few words

Daniele Rustioni, musical director of the Lyon Opera House, concludes the cycle dedicated to Massenet over the last two seasons with the composer’s most extravagant work. On this occasion, he is accompanied by exceptional soloists as well as the Lyon Opera Orchestra and Chorus.


The first Lyon production of Hérodiade in 1885 caused a scandal: “an ungodly representation of the subject”, “a falsification”, “historical blasphemy”, “a parade of vices”, “a profanation” etc. It is true that Jules Massenet did not pull any punches, taking his inspiration from Gustave Flaubert's iconoclastic version of the biblical legend in Herodias, one of his "Three Tales".

The quartet of blood and desire formed by John the Baptist, Herod, Herodias and Salome inspired the entire 19th century: from Mallarmé to Gustave Moreau, from Oscar Wilde to Richard Strauss in 1904. Surrounded by exceptional singers (Nicole Car, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Étienne Dupuis, Jean-François Borras) and the Lyon Opera Orchestra and Chorus, after Werther and Manon, Daniele Rustioni concludes the cycle dedicated to Massenet over the last two seasons with his most extravagant work.

Acte 1 39 min
Acte 2 37 min
Interval 20 min
Acte 3 52 min
Acte 4 33 min



An opera in 4 acts
Libretto by Paul Milliet and Henri Grémont
First performance in Brussels, 1881

New production
A co-production between the Lyon Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Palazzetto Bru Zane
Co-directed with the Lyon National Orchestra


Ekaterina Semenchuk

Mezzo-Soprano russe

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Nicole Car

Soprano canadienne

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Etienne Dupuis

Baryton québécois

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