A slice of life, a slice of laughter and a slice of music to garnish the canapé that comes with our urban apéritif! Have a spritz or a vermouth while we supply the entertaining company.
Apéropéra is a relaxed, fresh and unstuffy way to (re)discover a composer, a work, a topic, miles away from the usual lectures you get before the performance. Get ready for some good stories, from the past and especially the present.
And in between, there’ll be live music from the show (or in the same vein) performed by artists on the production!


Apéropéra #9

Autour de Turandot

C’est l’histoire d’une princesse chinoise, d’un prince tartare et d’une esclave.
C’est l’histoire d’une soprano, d’une basse et d’une autre soprano.

(L’opéra, c’est toujours des histoires compliquées à raconter…)

C’est l’histoire d’une vaudoise, d’un musicologue et d’une psychologue qui cherchent à décoder un message crypté au milieu de l’opéra Turandot. Leurs “baboleries” musicologiques se poursuivent autour d’un jeu, mais l’affaire se corse quand les autres personnages de l’opéra s’incrustent dans le débat, essayant de comprendre à leur tour ce que Puccini a voulu leur faire dire.
Une joyeuse manière de réconcilier les explications musicologiques et l’imagination poétique.

Une proposition de David Christoffel et Anya Leveillé (Espace 2, RTS).
En partenariat avec la Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève et l’Unité de musicologie de l’Université de Genève, dans le cadre du séminaire d’initiation à la médiation musicale de Nancy Rieben.

Etudiant·e·s :
Barbara Barandun
Christophe Bitar
Emma Delannoy
Juliette Larmagnac
Jennifer Legrand
Camille Peron
Matthieu Will




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Jeudi 9 juin 2022
Dès 18h30
Entrée CHF 25.– (premier drink compris)

Apéropéra #1

About Anna Bolena

The first Apéropéra of the season is dedicated to royal and bourgeois melodies. An interplay between music assigned to Henry VIII, King of England, who is said to be as educated as he was bloodthirsty, and Italian melodies of the bourgeois century, centered around the figure of Gaetano Donizetti: the triumph of the voice and emotion over words?

Julien Henric, tenor
Michael Mofidian, bass
Xavier Dami, piano
> discover the programme

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Starting at 6:30 pm
Entrance fee CHF 25.00 (first drink included)
In the Foyer of the GTG

Apéropéra #2

About the tale of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King from E. T. A Hoffmann to P. Tchaikovsky!

Presentation: Clara Pons & Luc Birraux
4 hands piano: Reginald Le Reun & Xavier Dami

Thurday, 28 October, 2021
Starting at 6:30 pm
Entrance fee CHF 25.00 (first drink included)
In the Foyer of the GTG

Apéropéra #3

About Les Pêcheurs de perles

Take a trip to discover the traditional and surprising repertoire of South India and Sri Lanka in company of musicians with magical and exotic instruments.

Paul Grant, sitar
Sébastien La Croix, dilruba
Santosh Kurbet, tabla

Thursday, 2 December, 2021
Starting at 6:30 pm
Entrance fee CHF 25.00 (first drink included)
In the Foyer of the GTG


Apéropéra #4 – Enoch Arden

“A soundtrack without a film,” is how musicologist John Pritchett describes Richard Strauss’ monodrama Enoch Arden. This forgotten gem by the composer dates from 1897 and was written for spoken voice and piano. A symphonic conceived piano part accompanies Lord Tennyson’s story. The story is about a love triangle played out on the English rocky coast: two friends, Enoch Arden and Philip Ray, are both in love with Annie Lee; when Annie Lee chooses Enoch, Philip suffers in silence, but when Enoch fails to return from a long sea trip, Philip takes the fatherless family under his wing… In this production, fresh from Belgium and revisiting the little-known musical genre of monodrama, the story is carried not only by an actress and a pianist (Isabella Soupart and Guy Vandromme) but also by visual artist Koenraad Tinel and video artist Maja Jantar. This new triangulation gives life to Tennyson’s long poem, where feelings of love and sacrifice, but also doubt and fear, are added in an irresistible way. An intimate and intense performance that plunges us ten years before the writing of Elektra, into the beginnings of Strauss’ tragic thought.

Isabella Soupart – actess
Guy Vandromme – piano
Koenraad Tinel – visual artist
Maja Jantar – video artist
Ellie Bryce – technical stage manager

Conception & Production – Act 2

Coproduction Muziektheater Transparant, Festival Zindering and Festival Talklang – Süd-Tirol

Thursday, January 20, 2022
6:30 PM
Entrance fee CHF 25.00 (first drink included)
In the Foyer of the GTG

Apéropéra #5

About Atys
Songs of Earth and Sky

Come and discover with the artists of the Cappella Mediterranea a soaring selection of little jewels by contemporary Italian and French composer Lully. A program inspired by the nature that surrounds us, sometimes in a very vivid and realistic way. Come and hear the birds and the streams sing in baroque mode.

Thursday, February 3, 2022
From 6.30 pm
Entrance fee CHF 25 (first drink included)
In the foyer of the GTG

Gwendoline Blondeel, soprano
Rodrigo Calveyra, flûte à bec et conception
Catherine Plattner, violon
Teodoro Baù, viole de gambe
Marie Van Rhijn, clavecin

Jean-Joseph de Mondoville – « Venez, petits oiseaux »
Marc-Antoine Charpentier- « Feuillages, naissez »
Jean-Féry Rebel – Musette
Louis Antoine Lefebvre – « Vous, qui voyez ce feuillage »
Jacques Champion de Chambonnières (arr. J. d’Anglebert) – Sarabande « Jeunes Zéphirs »
Marc-Antoine Charpentier – « Ruisseau qui nourrit dans ce bois »
François Couperin – « Rossignol en amour »
Antonio Vivaldi (en l’honneur de Louis XV) – « Se qui pace tall’or »


Apéropéra #6

About Sleepless

Who is afraid of contemporary music? Taking the opportunity of the premiere of Sleepless, the new opera by the great Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös, we want to give you a taste of the music composed today, if you haven’t already found it! Who better to do this than the young Belgian soprano Sarah Defrise, interpreter of one of the most piquant roles of the opera, The Girl, with her coloraturas composed to measure by the composer? The opportunity with her partner, the pianist Stéphane Ginsburgh, to honor the memory of two other masters of 20th century music: Luciano Berio, whom we will meet again at the end of the season with his Finale composed for Turandot, and György Ligeti, Eötvös’s compatriot with whom we opened our season La Plage in Vernier (Adventures and New Adventures).

Sarah Defrise, soprano
Stéphane Ginsburgh, piano

Thursday, 24 March, 2022
At 6:30PM
Entrance fee CHF 25 (first drink included)
In the foyer of the GTG


Apéropéra #7

About Jenůfa

As a prelude to the production of Jenůfa, the Voce Quartet, a young ensemble in residence at the Haute école de Musique de Genève where it has taken over the string quartet class, offers us the “Intimate Letters” of the composer Leoš Janáček. This second quartet is, as the title indicates, intimately linked to his platonic love for Kamila Stösslova, with whom he exchanged more than a thousand letters during the last eleven years of his life.

Thursday, April 28, 2022
At 6:30PM
Entrance fee CHF 25 (first drink included)
In the foyer of the GTG


Apéropéra #8

About Tristan & Isolde

Around her Tristan & Isolde, the choreographer Joëlle Bouvier offers us a fugitive vision on Richard Wagner’s melodies with, in the honor, the Ukrainian artists that we welcome in the company. An apéroballet in the depths of the Grand Théâtre, sheltered from the dangers of the world, for a suspended moment saved from yesterday’s world, in the shadow of the Bayreuth amphitryon and some of his eminent visitors.

Thursday, May 19, 2022
At 6:30PM
Entrance fee CHF 25 (first drink included)

Richard Wagner – Wesendonck Lieder
Stehe still! (Krystyna Bykhovets, Veronika Khorozova : danse ; Joëlle Bouvier : chorégraphie ; Natalia Ruda : mezzo-soprano ; Réginald Le Reun : piano)
Im Treibhaus (Natalia Ruda : mezzo-soprano ; Réginald Le Reun : piano)

Gabriel Fauré / André Messager – Souvenirs de Bayreuth (Jean-Paul Pruna, Réginald Le Reun : piano quatre mains)

Richard Wagner / Franz Liszt : Transcription de Elsas Brautzug zum Münster, de Lohengrin (Jean-Paul Pruna : piano)

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