For the first time at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège !
Elisabeth de Valois and the infante Don Carlos are promised to wed one another. However, King Philip II, his father, decides to marry the young lady. Carlos confides his torments to his friend, the Marquis of Posa. Under the influence of Princess Eboli, the King suspects that his son is in love with the Queen. They openly clash when Carlos pleads the cause of the Flemish people persecuted by the Inquisition…
A PIVOTAL WORK…
The immense fresco of Don Carlos, adapted from Schiller’s play, is still today one of the most important works in Verdi’s productions. When in 1867, at the height of his glory, he offered Paris his second Grand French-style opera, following Les Vêpres siciliennes, he depicted, to the backdrop of a historical, political and legendary theme, psychological portraits of rare dramatic intensity.
All the themes dear to Verdi converge in a masterful manner. Love, friendship, passion, jealousy, betrayal, religion, inquisition, death and redemption are the watchwords. Several innovations pointed to a turning point in the Maestro’s art. The bold harmonies and vocal prowess heralded Aida and Otello. He especially makes widespread use of exceptional bass voices such as in the famous grand duet in act IV when King Philip II and the Grand Inquisitor sublimely confront each other.
This new production presents an opportunity to discover the French version, rarely performed, making it a high point of our season.
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.
⚠ Evening sessions will exceptionally start at 7:00 p.m.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org – 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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