• Season 2022-2023
  • Opera
  • Opera

Moses and Pharaoh

The Lyon Opera Orchestra and Chorus

  • Dates Jan 20 - Feb 1, 2023
  • Rates From 10€ to 110€
  • Location Opéra de Lyon
  • Running Time 3h40, including 2 intervals

In a few words

Moses and Pharaoh, a major work by Gioachino Rossini, revisits a timeless theme. Have exiles and migrants ever stopped since the mythical time of the Exodus? Following its premiere at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, this new production is now coming to Lyon.

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In 1818, when he was just 26 and living in Naples, Gioachino Rossini wrote Moses in Egypt. Nine years later, in Paris, he returned to the story of the Israelites, their long captivity in Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea that began their exodus to the Promised Land with Moses and Pharaoh.
Rossini's work was one of the first great operas in the "French style", a new genre whose deliberately political themes, huge scale, musical and dramatic innovation reflected the history of the 19th century, torn apart by conflict, violence and the seven successive political regimes that came to power after the Revolution.
Have exile and migration ever really stopped since the mythical time of the Exodus? Daniele Rustioni takes on this perennial drama and young German director Tobias Kratzer returns to the Lyon Opera House, after his memorable Guillaume Tell, another Rossini work, in 2019.

Acte 1 50 min
Interval 35 min
Actes 2 et 3 1h10
Interval 20 min
Acte 4 40 min


In French

An opera in 4 acts
Libretto by Giuseppe Luigi Balocchi and Victor-Joseph Étienne de Jouy
First performed in Paris, 1827

New production
Co-production between the Lyon Opera, the Aix-en-Provence Festival and the Teatro Real de Madrid

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