François Rebsamen’s Editorial

Enchanted season

If one were asked to find a single word that could capture the renown and artistic quality of the Dijon Opera’s programming,  that word would be “loyalty”.  Firstly, that of the public that fills the Auditorium for some one hundred raisings of the curtain each season. Next, that of the artists who regularly perform here, such as those of the Dijon Bourgogne Orchestra or those who have chosen to take up residencies at Dijon: the composer Brice Pauset, Emmanuelle Haïm and her very baroque Concert d’Astrée, the harpsichordist Andreas Staier, Leonardo García Alarcón and La Cappella Mediterranea, and the violinist David Grimal with Les Dissonances. These musicians of  international stature offer audiences moments of intense enthusiasm, contributing to the cultural reach of our metropolis throughout France and Europe.

The remarkable acoustics of the hall, the know-how of the teams, and all the top-tier collaborations have raised the Dijon Opera to the ranks of the great French lyric stages. This focus on excellence is now recognized and supported by the label of Theâtre Lyrique d’Intérêt National delivered by the Ministry of Culture. This broadens the field of possibilities and allows the Dijon Opera to pursue and amplify its policy of creations and residencies, innovation and partnerships, artistic and cultural education and openness to all audiences.

This 2020 | 2021 season, under the theme of spells and the voice, should enchant you with an exceptional programme. The “great classics”, such as Tosca and the Magic Flute, vie with rarer fare, such as Rossi’s Enchanted Palace, or Janáček’s The Makropoulos Affair. It is in this way that we measure the grandeur of an opera house: its ability to surprise us, to stir us, to astonish us, to offer us scores that are rarely performed, to create the event along with the emotion.

François Rebsamen
Mayor of Dijon
President of Dijon Metropole
Former Minister