Production :
Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège

The story

In Bologna, in the 18th century, a rich merchant, Geronimo, wishes to marry his daughter to Count Robinson in order to enter into the circle of nobility. However, the beautiful Carolina has already secretly married the man she loves, namely young clerk Paolino. A series of hilarious twists follows which, after many surprises and compromises, end up leaving a smile on everybody’s faces.

Bis Repetita Placent

 When Cimarosa arrived in Vienna in 1791, he immediately obtained the position of Kapellmeister (chapel-master of music), previously coveted by Mozart. In his wake, he drew on the formidable and multiple skills he acquired in Naples and the major successes garnered in Saint Petersburg. The first performance of Il Matrimonio segreto in the empire’s capital was a triumph. The Emperor, Leopold II, hardly renowned for his musical tastes, demanded an immediate encore… of the entire opera! Its success was unfailing. The comedy was performed more than one hundred times in 1792 and no less than seventy performances took place in Vienna. The adventures of Paolino and Carolina have since been translated into twelve languages and performed throughout the world, as far as India!

The recipe for such success, which has continued to the present day, can be found in a plot that has no reason to envy the Commedia dell’Arte as well as in the sublime beauty of the singing and music. They express the very essence of giocoso theatre in which the caricature of the protagonists heralds the energy of Rossini’s opera buffa. A moment of absolute happiness!

Il Matrimonio segreto will also be produced at Palais des Beaux-Arts of Charleroi on wednesday 7th of November 2018 at 8pm.

Representations are given as  part of VOORire Festival.

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

  • 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).

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


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