• World premiere of Justice, a new opera by Catalan composer Hèctor Parra with libretto by Congolese writer Fiston Mwanza Mujila, directed by Milo Rau with a cast that includes Willard White and Peter Tantsits
  • World premiere of Outsidera new dance work from Rachid Ouramdane based on the compositions of Julius Eastman
  • Premiere of a new French-language production of Messiaen’s only opera, St Francis of Assisi, conducted by Jonathan Nott [pictured] and staged by contemporary artist Adel Abdessemed
  • Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Director of Ballet at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, directs his first operatic staging at the Théâtre with a new production of Mozart’s Idomeneo
  • The conclusion of the Grand Théâtre de Genève’s staging of Donizetti’s Tudor Trilogy, including the opportunity to see all three operas in sequence

Opera highlights
The Season opens with the original French version of Verdi’s Don Carlos [15-28 September], conducted by Marc Minkowski, continuing the Grand Théâtre’s exploration of French Grand Opera (following Les Huguenots in 2020 and La Juive in 2022). Directed by Lydia Steier, the cast includes Dmitry UlyanovStéphane DegoutÈve-Maude HubeauxCharles Castronovo and Rachel WillisSørensen.

The Compagnia Finzi Pasca, led by director Daniele Finzi Pasca,return to the Grand Théâtre following Einstein on the Beach in 2019 for a production of Pizzolla’s opera-tango María de Buenos Aires [27 October- 5 November] on a set designed by Argentinan Hugo Gargiulo. All of the solo roles are performed by women, with soprano Raquel Camarinha taking the lead with tango singer Inés Cuello. The HEM Orchestra – with a few additions such as the bandoneonist Marcelo Nisinman – conducted by Facundo Agudín, will perform the mystical milonga of María

Mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre sings the title role in a performance of Handel’s Ariodante conducted by William Christie with his orchestra Les Arts Florissants, a production touring across Europe in October 2023 and invited to perform at the GTG for one night only [5 October].

Oscar-Award-winning actor Christoph Waltz – best known for his roles in Tarentino’s Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained – bring a revival of his 2013 production of Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier to the Grand Théâtre [13-26 December]. The production was first performed at the De Vlaamse Opera in 2013 and was Waltz’s first opera production as a director. Conducted by Jonathan Nott, the cast includes Maria Bengtsson as the Marschallin alongside Michèle Losier as Octavian and Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs.

Hèctor Parra’s new opera Justice will receive its world premiere at the Grand Théâtre in January, directed by leading Swiss stage director Milo Rau [22-28 January 2024]. The opera tells the devastating true story from the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC) in 2019 when a truck carrying acid crashed, killing over twenty people. The opera, with music by Catalan composer Hèctor Parra, looks at the fate of the village and, beyond that, a reflection on the interests of various parties in the RDC. The cast includes Willard WhitePeter Tantsits and young Congolese countertenor Serge KakudjiTitus Engel will conduct the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande who will be joined by Congolese jazz guitarist Kojack.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Director of Ballet at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, directs his first operatic staging at the Théâtre with a production of Mozart’s Idomeneo – the first of Mozart’s operas to feature a real ballet [21 February – 2 March 2024]. Cherkaoui is working with visual artist Chiharu Shitoa for the production. The cast will be led by Stanislas de Barbeyrac under the musical direction of Leonardo García Alarcón with his Cappella Mediterranea, with the addition of musicians from the Geneva Chamber Orchestra.

Renowned 20th-Century French specialist Jonathan Nott premieres a brand-new French-language production of Messiaen’s only opera, St Francis of Assisi [11-18 April]. The production stars English baritone Robin Adams, a notable interpreter of contemporary repertoire performing this role for the very first time. World-renowned contemporary artist Adel Abdessemed leads on the staging and immersive visual design in his first-ever production for the stage.

The opera season comes to an end with the conclusion to Donizetti’s so-called ‘Tudor Trilogy’, Roberto Devereux [31 May-30 June], completing a cycle staged over the last three years. Approaching all three operas as one integral work, director Mariame Clément and set designer Julia Hansen sought tohighlight the Virgin Queen’s contemporary issues, and create connections between these separate plays. Led by conductor Stefano MontanariElsa Dreisig returns as the ageing queen, alongside Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Sara Nottingham and Edgardo Rocha. They will be joined by baritone Nicola Alaimo as the mighty Lord Nottingham.

The theatre will also stage all three productions of the Tudor Trilogy in sequence, allowing audiences the opportunity to experience Anna Bolena [18 and 26 June], Maria Stuarda [20 and 28 June] and Roberto Devereux [23 and 30 June] together within a single week.

Ballet Highlights
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui begins his second season as Director of Ballet at the Grand Théâtre de Genève with Éléments [18-22 November], referring to the three elements of Taoist cosmology. The programme features three works – NoeticFaun and Boléro. Noetic presents 19 dancers manipulating flexible carbon fibre bands created by visual artist Antony Gormley in a geometric transformation. Faun sees Cherkaoui revive the innocent and savage sensuality of Nijinski’s L’Après-midi d’un faune to the music of Debussy’s Prelude paired with some contemporary musical additions by Nitin SawhneyBoléro – which was created in 2014 for the Opéra de Paris – was the first work that Cherkaoui worked on with Damien Jaley and renowned videographer Marina Abramović.

Celebrated Franco-Belgian choreographer Damien Jalet, who is an Associate Artist of the Ballet at the Grand Théâtre, returns with a revival of his work Planet [wanderer] [8-10 March]. The piece is a collaboration between Jalet and Japanese visual artist Kohei Nawa and is the second project they have worked on together following the success of Vessel.

Rachid Ouramdane, Director of Théâtre National de Chaillot, presents a new collaboration between the Grand Théâtre Ballet and its La Plage programme with Outsider [3-5 March]. Ouramdane brings together extreme athletes with the choreographed dance troupe, accompanied by piano compositions by American composer Julius Eastman, a key figure in New York’s minimalist scene in the 20th Century.

Bringing the Ballet season to a close is Forcesa double-bill production bringing togethertwo powerful works by established female choreographers – a revival of 2010’s BUSK by Canadian choreographer Aszure Barton, and STRONG by Sharon Eyal, created with the Staatsballett Berlin in 2019 [12-16 June].

Recitals at the Grand Théâtre
The Grand Théâtre’s 2023/24 opera and ballet programmes will be interspersed with five recitals and concerts, starting with Lawrence Brownlee – one of the exceptional Rossini tenors of our time – making his return to the Neuve stage with his young colleague Levy Sekgapane for a bel canto double-bill [20 September].

Matthias Goerne will sing Die schöne Müllerin accompanied on the piano by his orchestrator Alexander Schmalcz [15 October] and Simon Keenlyside joins the Geneva Camerata to ring in the new year with a New Years Eve concert of Broadway tunes by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Rogers & Hammerstein [31 December]. Sandrine Piau takes the audience through a “voyage in time” [1 March] before Roberto Alagna makes his Grand Théâtre debut and brings the recital series to a close with a vocal programme alongside his wife Aleksandra Kurzak [26 May].

Grand Théâtre Ballet on Tour
The Grand Théâtre Ballet will also tour productions from both this season and last season’s programmes in venues across France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium and Spain.

Grand Théâtre’s La Plage Series
La Plage – the playground of the Grand Théâtre – returns this season with its popular Late Nights series of events as well as a sleepover at the operaguided tourspublic workshops and an open house day.

For families and young audiences, the 2023/24 plans for La Plage include a revival of Rose e Biancaa musical performed to the music of Donizetti, directed by Sybille Wilson [11-21 October] as well as La Souris Traviata by Julia Deit-Ferrand which is a production aimed at young children which tells the story of a mouse who dreams of becoming a singer [1 and 4 November].