Béatrice et Bénédict

Corée du Nord / 2005 – 2014
© Philippe Chancel

Béatrice and Bénédict


Hector Berlioz

  • Opéra de Lyon
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
    whose1 intermission (s) 35 min
  • In French

This opera by Hector Berlioz, inspired by Shakespeare, is a sublime display of the composer's musical eclecticism, a supremely romantic work where love triumphs over hate.

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As in any good romantic comedy, Béatrice and Bénédict spend their time quarreling. In fact, they love to hate each other so much that they have become blind to their true feelings : to put it simply, they love one another. Their friends and family, not fooled for a second, hatch a plan that ends up making them realise what their hearts and heads have hidden from them until now.

A hymn to love 
Béatrice et Bénédict is one of Berlioz’s strangest and most captivating scores, with a special place in the work of this prolific composer of the Symphonie Fantastique. This opéra comique, with its storyline worthy of a TV soap, was inspired by Shakespeare’s very popular and enjoyable romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing, here largely revised and condensed. Classic in structure, the work shines thanks to the composer's precision in the interplay between voice and instrument.
Although the opera had its first performance in 1862 in Baden Baden and was revised a year later, it was another 30 years before the work was complete in Berlioz’s mind ! The composer here gives the orchestra a leading role, using all its possibilities and nuances. Concise and clear, poetic and energetic, infinitely modern in its narration, there is no doubt that this hymn to love will show all its dramatic potential in this staging by the very imaginative Daniele Michieletto.

New production
In partnership with the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman 

Voir aussi

  • Interview de Damiano Michieletto, metteur en scène



Stage Director

Damiano Michieletto


Paolo Fantin


Agostino Cavalca


Alessandro Carletti


Chiara Vecchi

Don Pedro, général

Frédéric Caton

Héro, fille de Leonato

Hélène Guilmette


Michele Losier


Thomas Dolié


Julien Behr


Eve-Maud Hubeaux

Orchestre et Chœurs de l'Opéra de Lyon


Ivan Thirion

Why we love it

It is Berlioz's last opera.

Why we love it

The composer has done much more than simply adapt a Shakespearean classic.

Why we love it

Béatrice et Bénédictisa rare example - perhaps the only one - of romantic comedy in opera.

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