Les Indes galantes, Grand Théâtre de Genève, © MAGALI_DOUGADOS
When Jean-Philippe Rameau composed Les Indes galantes in 1735, most faraway shores were known as “The Indies” and “gallantry” in the opera’s title has more to do with things erotic than simply holding the door open for ladies. Exotic and erotic adventures are the common theme of this opéra-ballet, whose vocal parts are liberally laced with dance numbers.

For the first ever staging of a Rameau opera in its history, the Grand Théâtre of Geneva has called on US-born director Lydia Steier, who made the headlines with her Magic Flute at the Salzburg festival in 2018. She will raise the curtain on a conflict between the adepts of free libertine love and the proponents of much stricter morals, that takes place in different countries with devastating consequences until there is nothing more to do except work together on a new community of nations.

Orchestrated by the Grand Théâtre, a few surprises are to be expected during your night out at the Opera: a cocktail signature by Bottle Brothers made of coffee and a chocolate pop-up store and tasting from Paganel who collaborated with Boreal to come up with an exotic selection for this event.
And if this is your first time at the Big Théâtre, this season, seat prices start at CHF 17.- at full price, thanks to a new partnership with La Mobilière.


Les Indes galantes, Rameau meets hip-hop at the Opéra National de Paris (Financial Times)