News – Coronavirus


Information Coronavirus

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Dear audience,

The Grand Theatre has taken note of the Federal Council’s announcements of 14 April 2021 and will inform its audience of the relevant decisions on Friday 16 April 2021.

We regret the cancelling of our major productions of the year 2020 and the beginning of the year 2021 following the recent decisions of the Federal Council and the State Council of Geneva regarding the fight against the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The consequences of the current situation are heavy for our institution, our productions and our artists. We are very sorry about this, especially since no case of contagion at Covid-19 has been known following a visit to one of our shows; this demonstrates the effectiveness of the protection plans put in place and the respect of these measures by our public. Great frustration also due to the fact that we have never stopped reinventing ourselves in order to find creative solutions to allow an essential cultural activity in these difficult times; for example by having been able to propose in spite of everything the opera The Makropoulos Affair in an unpublished recorded orchestration concept or to have succeeded in presenting in a few months a Cenerentola to replace our planned large production of Turandot which required an orchestral device that was too large and too promiscuous in the pit.


What to do if you have tickets?

Our subscribers and tickets holder for cancelled events will be contacted by the GTG box office as soon as possible.


Cancellations & Postponements

In view of the above, the Grand Théâtre de Genève is therefore forced to cancel the last performances of the opera The Makropoulos Affair (4 and 6 November), the recital of Matthias Goerne (5 November 2020), the concert of the Petite Messe solennelle (15 November 2020), the ballet Hors Cadre (21 to 29 November 2020) with the world premiere of Fana Tshabalala and a piece by the star Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, the show for young audiences My First Recital (21 to 27 November 2020), the young audience show Aventures & Nouvelles Aventures (December 11 to 13, 2020), the festive operetta planned for the Christmas period, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide (December 11 to 23) which was to mark the debut in Geneva of the famous director Barrie Kosky, the New Year’s Concert with Gaëlle Arquez on December 31, 2020, the Paulus concert (January 21, 2021), the opera-event Pelléas and Mélisande (January 18 to 28, 2021, a streaming is available on Operavision), Mozart’s opera La Clemenza di Tito, the world premiere of the opera for young audiences The Tin Soldier (February 26, 28 and March 2, 2021)and the planned La Plage events such as Apéropéra, Public Workshops, Behind the Scenes Guided Tours, Grand Brunch and Late Night until March 31, 2021.

Following the scenario announced by the Federal Council on May 12, 2021, the Grand Théâtre de Genève regrets to announce the cancellation of Verdi’s La Traviata, a new production planned from June 20 to July 3 and imagined by a famous Swiss theater director: Karin Henkel. Ludovic Tézier‘s recital (June 6) is also cancelled. On the other hand, the ballet Le Sacre2 and numerous La Plage activities will accompany the last part of this season, which has been shaken up by the Covid-19.


Let’s keep hope

Despite this sad news, the Grand Théâtre de Genève will do its utmost to maintain the preparation and rehearsals for the shows in the second quarter of 2021 and to develop its GTG digital platform to stay by your side and keep the institution alive. Find all the unpublished content on GTG digital.


Hygiene and behavioural rules

Risk Groups and Disease Progression
Many people who fall ill with the new coronavirus get well again. But the virus is particularly dangerous for the following groups of people, as they risk contracting a severe case of the disease:

  • People over the age of 65
  • Pregnant women
  • Adults with the following underlying medical conditions:
    – High blood pressure
    – Cardiovascular disease
    – Diabetes
    – Chronic respiratory diseases
    – Cancer
    – Conditions and therapies that weaken the immune system
    – Obesity class III (morbid, BMI greater than or equal to 40 kg/m2)
    > more infos

The best way to protect yourself from infection is to carry on observing the rules on hygiene and social distancing. The recommendations are as follows:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and water.
  • Keep your distance from other people (at least 1.5 metres).
  • Observe the requirement to wear a mask on public transport.
  • Follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing, even when meeting friends or family, e.g. not using the same cutlery to serve food and not drinking from the same glass, etc.
  • Avoid places frequented by large numbers of people (e.g. railway stations, public transport) and peak times (e.g. shopping on Saturdays, commuting). If you do find yourself in places frequented by large numbers of people and are unable to keep the necessary distance, we recommend you wear a face mask.
    > more infos

For more information on the coronavirus and how to protect yourself, you will find recommendations and informations here below:


Press releases

Press release 12.05.2021
Annulation de l’opéra La Traviata
> voir le communiqué

Press release 18.02.2021
Le Grand Théâtre de Genève annule trois productions
> voir le communiqué

Press release 11.12.2020
Le Grand Théâtre de Genève annule ses productions jusqu’au 22 janvier 2021
> voir le communiqué

Press release 02.11.2020
Le Grand Théâtre de Genève est fermé jusqu’au 29 novembre 2020
> voir le communiqué

Press release 20.08.2020
Projection en plein-air et Pride Party annulées : le Grand Théâtre ajuste sa programmation de début de saison
> voir le communiqué

Press release 26.06.2020
Programme change: La Cenerentola to open the 2020-21 season.
> see press release


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