Last performance at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège : April 2001
Around 1900 in Japan, American officer Pinkerton marries the young Geisha, Cio-cio-san, who loves him with passion. From this union, a child is born, but the lieutenant who has returned home, ignores that he is now a father. On a journey to Japan three years later with his American wife, he comes to take his son. Betrayed and abandoned, there is only one way out for Cio-cio-san
THE SHORT LIFE OF THE BUTTERFLY
Thanks to the success of Tosca, the now famous Puccini was seeking a new subject able to provide him with a deeply tragic remit. He set his sights on a play by playwright David Belasco, MadameButterfly, inspired by true events: the disastrous love story of a young girl, Cio-cio-san, whose name means “Butterfly” in Japanese.
Madama Butterfly was a dream opportunity to draw on the “Japanism” that was fashionable in the West in the late 19th century. Seeking brand new colours and unique atmospheres, the musician studied the language, culture and music of Japan, not hesitating to use several authentic melodies. The result is deeply moving. The author stated that it was his “most sincere and most expressive” opera.
A sublime portrait of a fragile woman/child filled with purity and ideals, the masterpiece of the Maestro from Lucca has lost none of its force, offering audiences a wonderful moment of human and musical emotion.
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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