Last performance at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège : March 1983
On the death of Eurydice, Orpheus and the shepherds of Arcadia are inconsolable. Amore grants Orpheus the authorisation to journey to the Underworld to bring his beloved back to life. Charming the forces of the Underworld with his lyre and song, plus not turning around until having regained the light of day are the two sole conditions that the gods impose upon him…
THE DOUBLE BEREAVEMENT OF ORPHEUS
Orpheus and Eurydice was the first work to mark the operatic reforms inspired by Gluck, first in Italian in Vienna in 1762, then in French in Paris in 1774 with a counter-tenor voice. It was also a symbol of classical art. It portrays the pain of twice losing a loved one. The first time is due to the hand of fate, but the second displays the weakness of man who does not trust the gods, thus provoking his loss.
Orpheus, who derives his art from Apollo himself, offers us sublime singing. The superb and deeply moving arias follow one another with perfect balance and sweep us up in the torment of a bereaved soul. This excellence went on to find dramatic resonance right up to the romanticism of the 19th century. Franz Liszt wrote a symphonic poem about Orpheus and Hector Berlioz adapted the myth set to music by Gluck for the lyrical theatre.
It is this version that will be performed on our stage in a superb co-production with several major European theatres. It presents the opportunity to again experience, with the utmost and worthy passion, an eternal and still topical myth.
Introduction to performances: curtain-raisers
All the opera performances are preceded by an educational introduction open to all. They take place 30 minutes before the start of the performance, in the company of an opera specialist to provide a pertinent presentation of the work.
For a meal or a drink during an opera or a concert
Whether you want a drink or a meal (by booking only), the OperaRestaurant, located in the prestigious setting of the Foyer Grétry, welcomes you before each performance when the Theatre’s doors open.
The theatre doors open two hours before the performance, except for “Discovery concerts” (Summer Concert: 1 hour before / Fridays at the Opera: ½ an hour before) and the concert hall doors open ½ an hour before the performance.
For performances for young people, the general public and for “discovery concerts” (except the Fridays at the Opera), the Foyer Grétry bar opens one hour before and at the end of each performance (for Fridays at the Opera: the foyer Grétry opens ½ an hour before and ½ an hour after the concert).
For information and bookings: +32 (0) 499/42 42 62 – email@example.com – www.leschefsopera.be
Drink tokens are on sale as soon as the doors of the Theatre open on performance days (in the entrance hall and the main stairs) or during the interval (in the Foyer Grétry).
For reasons of hygiene and cleanliness, it is forbidden to bring drinks and snacks into the building.
For its spectators, the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège provides a super-titling system in French, Dutch, German and English for each of the operas performed.
The super-titling is present on 7 screens spread over the different levels of the concert hall for optimal visibility for all seat categories.
Work on Liège’s tram system is currently in progress. The work may disrupt access to the city centre. In order to optimally prepare your visit, check www.letram.be for all the information concerning the phases of the work and deviations put in place.
How to come by car?
Car parks with discounted rate
Discounted rate of € 6 for performances and concerts featured in our schedules (in the evening from 18.00 to 01.00 and on Sunday from 13.00 to 19.00). A validation terminal is available in the entrance hall of the Opera House (from when the doors opens).
Neujean car park
45, Boulevard de la Sauvenière – 4000 Liège, Belgium
Mon. to Fri. : open until 1 o’clock in the morning.
Sat. and Sun. : open all night.
Opéra car park
1, Galerie Opéra – 4000 Liège, Belgium
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
Other car parks nearby
Central Park car park : 26, Place Xavier-Neujean - 4000 Liège
Saint-Lambert car park : Place Saint-Lambert - 4000 Liège
Cathédrale car park : Place de la Cathédrale - 4000 Liège
There is a taxi rank located in front of the theatre (Rue George Clémenceau).
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