Dijon Bourgogne Orchestra

& Chœur de l’Opéra de Dijon

Keystone of the repertoire and symbol of European unity, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is the musical banner of humanist values: an exceptional way to open the season, thanks to multiple artistic collaborations based on Franco-German cooperation.

In its grandeur, and as a turning point in the symphonic genre, this work has a power and significance unlike any other. Even if we find inventive ways to contradict its meaning, it is precisely because the principles of universal peace and brotherhood are forever attached to it. Of the four movements of the cultural legend that is the Ninth Symphony, with its contemplative Adagio in which we find the spirit of a string quartet, the most famous is obviously the last, whose chorus resonates with Schiller’s galvanizing "Ode to Joy": grandiose architecture, a subtlety that only detailed analysis, despite the apparent simplicity, can reveal. Famous yet ever rediscovered, this is one of the most decisive scores in the history of music, a masterpiece so beyond the norm that it breaks all moulds, of which Wagner would say it is "the last of the symphonies".

Join us at 6 p.m. to sing the Ode to Joy and take part in the concert encore!
Rehearsal from 6.15 pm to 7 pm, open to all ticket-holders.


Musical director Joseph Bastian
Dijon Bourgogne Orchestra
Dijon Opera Choir
With the participation of musicians from the Orchestre Philharmonique d’État de Mayence

Soprano Solen Mainguené
Alto Anke Vondung
Tenor Léo Vermot Desroches
Baritone Derrick Ballard


In the context of the 65th anniversary of the twinning of Dijon – Mayence and the 60th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty. In partnership with the Maison Rhenanie-Palatinat, the Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Region – Cooperation internationale, the City of Dijon – Relations internationales and the Franco-German citizen fund.
Coproduction of the Dijon Opera, Orchestre Philharmonique d’Etat de Mayence and Dijon Bourgogne Orchestra.
Appearing on tour at the International music festival of Besançon Franche-Comté on 9 September.

Photo © Romain Bassenne


Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony n°9 in D minor, op. 125

Prices and seating plan
from 5.5€ to 46€ (tarif b)
More details
1h15 sans entracte
Artists biographies

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