I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky


Libretto of June JORDAN

New production
Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Théâtre National
Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles

About the performance

In an underprivileged neighbourhood of Los Angeles, the lives of seven young people intertwine: a delinquent at a crossroads about the choices he has made in life, a mother who is an illegal immigrant from South America, an idealistic lawyer, a journalist, a policeman with doubts about his sexuality, a family planning employee and a Don Juan preacher. An earthquake strikes the city and the crisis gives rise to many upheavals in the destinies of the protagonists.

This story is inspired by the testimony from a survivor of the earthquake that struck Los Angeles in 1994. John Adams and his librettist have succeeded in spinning a genuine story with a wide variety of musical styles, a subject that closely resonates with the youth of today, with tones that are familiar to them, subtly and intelligently organised, full of meaning.


Public perfomances :

Sunday 3rd FEB. 2019 – 3pm

School performances :

Wednesday 30th JAN. 2019 – 10am
Friday 1st FEB. 2019 – 10am & 2pm

Plan your visit

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    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