• Season 2023-2024
  • Opera
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  • For all the family


Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra de Lyon

  • Dates Jan 24 - Feb 4, 2024
  • Rates From 10€ to 116€
  • Location Opéra de Lyon
  • Running Time 2h50 including an interval
  • Age 14 and above

In a few words

Since 1997, director Laurent Pelly has indisputably reigned as the great Offenbach specialist. The pieces he presented at the Lyon Opera were true hits, such as his wonderfully funny Roi Carotte. His Bluebeard seems to be walking the walk and is likely to be this season’s most entertaining show.

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Since he made his literature debut in Charles Perrault’s Mother Goose Tales, Bluebeard took many, many forms, from Béla Bartók’s tragic and bloodthirsty hero to the star of this opéra bouffe, the most entertaining show of the season. The Parisian society of the time of Napoleon III – nicknamed Napoleon the Small by Victor Hugo – loves fun, and making fun of itself. Up to a point. Offenbach’s talent, invention, dishevelling wit does not fail to take into account the nature of those who celebrate him; yet he knows “up to how far he can go”, as Cocteau said, in satire as well as innovation. Laurent Pelly and his team know their Offenbach by heart and free him from the proper conventions that stifled him, milking him to the core of his hidden ferocity. And they’re not afraid of going too far either.

1re partie 1h20
Interval 35 min
2e partie 55 min


In French

Opéra-bouffe in 3 acts and 4 scenes
Libretto by Henry Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
First performed in Paris in 1866

Production the Opéra de Lyon in 2019
Coproduction: Opéra de Marseille

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