The Institution

Founded in 1967, the Opéra Royal de Wallonie is, to a large extent, subsidised by the Communauté Française de Belgique (Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles) [French community of Belgium] and the City and Province of Liège. It is one of the three major opera houses in Belgium. 
Since its origin, the institution has occupied the Théâtre Royal, magnificent building on quick loan from the City of Liège (inaugurated on 4 November 1820).

Geographic location
Its geographic location, in the heart of Liège and the Euregio, at the crossroads between Germany, the Netherlands, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and France, attracts a Belgian and international audience.

Since 2007, the general manager of the institution has been Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera. He also holds the post of artistic director. It was he who appointed the current musical director, Paolo Arrivabeni, whose talent is recognised and appreciated worldwide.

Repertoire and reputation
Works from the 19th century repertoire (Verdi, Puccini, Massenet...) occupy a large place in our theatre's programme, but the Opéra also has a mission of discovery. Thus, the Liège-based opera house opens its doors to the less familiar repertoire of the 18th century, with composers such as Cherubini, Galuppi, Gluck and Grétry.

Over the years, the Opéra Royal de Wallonie has developed an excellent reputation and is positioned as a key player in the international scene. The Opéra Royal de Wallonie and its loyal supporters love to welcome to their stage international stars such as Ruggero Raimondi, Leo Nucci, Juan Diego Florez, Elina Garanca, Deborah Voigt, Jose Cura, José Van Dam... but they are also keen to discover local and/or budding artists. That's why every year, the Opéra Royal de Wallonie puts a point of honor to propose distributions harmoniously combining both. 

The Orchestra and the Chorus are extremely efficient and shine in many genres of opera. This ease is recognised not only by the public but also by the specialist press and professionals from the world of opera. The Opéra is also regularly invited to perform abroad, for example at the Balbeeck International Festival and the Santander Festival.

Many productions are coproduced with Swiss, Italian, French, Spanish or even American opera houses, while the Opéra Royal de Wallonie is establishing strong relations with a number of foreign institutions. This does not prevent it from being fully integrated into the local and cultural fabric of the community and from offering productions aimed at young audiences, particularly in an educational context.

In Liège, we move with the times and we innovate. The Opéra regularly releases CDs and DVDs of the productions it performs. Since 2010, many productions have also been broadcast live and free of charge on the internet.