Libretto by Pierre-Louis MOLINE

New production

  • Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
  • Opéra Comique
  • Opéra de Lausanne
  • Théâtre de Caen
  • Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
  • Opéra Royal-Château de Versailles Spectacles
  • Croatian National Theater in Zagreb
  • Beijing Music Festival

Last performance at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège : March 1983

The story

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…


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.


Plan your visit

  • Surtitle

    The Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège offers to its spectators a surtitle in French, Dutch, German and English, for each opera on the bill.

  • Car Parks

    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

  • Catering

    For a meal or a drink during an opera or a concert

    Whether you want a drink or a meal (by booking only), the Opera Restaurant, located in the prestigious setting of the Foyer Grétry, welcomes you before each performance when the Theatre’s doors open.

    During the interval, the Foyer Grétry Bar (2nd floor) as well as the Salazar Bar (4th floor) are open for you to relax and quench your thirst.

    For “Opera for All” Young Audience performances and “Discovery concerts”, the Foyer Grétry Bar is open one hour before and at the end of each performance.

    For information and bookings: +32 (0) 499 42 42 62  - lydia-campoccia@hotmail.com – www.leschefsopera.be

    Drink tokens

    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).

    Simple token : 1, 40 € (softs : 2 tokens / wines : 3 tokens)

    Champagne token : 9 €

    For reasons of hygiene and cleanliness, it is forbidden to bring drinks and snacks into the building.


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