• Season 2023-2024
  • Opera
  • Opera


Orchestra, Chorus, Children’s Chorus and Studio of the Opéra de Lyon,

  • Dates Dec 17, 2023 - Jan 1, 2024
  • Rates From 10€ to 116€
  • Location Opéra de Lyon
  • Running Time 2h15 with no interval

In a few words

Gods, kings and prophets are nothing without the people, as history has taught us. Elijah is coming to France for the first time ever in the form of a production directed by Calixto Bieito. The age-old civilisation, with its elation, fears, despair and dreams is vividly illustrated by Mendelssohn’s musical language.

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    Elias - Extrait


Although Berlioz was quick and harsh in judgement, he wrote: “I recently experienced a great musical emotion on hearing Mendelssohn’s Elijah. It is magnificently grand, and indescribably sumptuous in harmony”. Mendelssohn wrote Elijah in 1846, ten years after the rousing success of St. Paul, his first oratorio. He pictured Elias “as a thorough prophet, such as we might again require in our own day – energetic and zealous, but also stern, wrathful, and gloomy; a striking contrast to the court rabble and popular rabble – in fact, in opposition to the whole world, and yet borne on angels’ wings.” St. Paul and Elijah respond to one another, with their portraying of the perpetual people, embodied in this version by the choir and orchestra. Elijah is probably the opera Mendelssohn has never composed, with its fitting theatrical power. Calixto Bieito directed it at the Theater an der Wien. The piece is now ready to premiere in France in this brand-new form, with Constantin Trinks as musical director.


German with French surtitles

Libretto by the composer
Excerpts from the Old Testament, collected and adapted by Julius Schubring
First performed in Birmingham in 1846

Production Theater an der Wien

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