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!


Katia Kabanova 6.10.2022
Mondes flottants 17.11.2022
Maria Stuarda 8.12.2022
Parsifal 19.1.2023
Le Retour d’Ulysse 16.2.2023
Voyage vers l’Espoir 23.3.2023
Lady Macbeth de Mtsensk 20.4.2023
Nabucco 25.5.2023

Thurdays From 6.30 pm
Entrance fee CHF 25.-
First drink included (except cocktails and champagne)
In the foyer of the GTG


Apéropéra #1

About Kát’a Kabanová

Between the slavic dances and misty landscapes, come and experience the music of the two greatest Czech composers, Antonín Dvořák and Leoš Janáček, alongside our vocal leaders.

With Réginald Le Reun and Jean-Paul Pruna on piano.

Thursday, October 6, 2022
At 6:30 pm
CHF 25.–
First drink included (except cocktails and champagne)
In the foyer of the GTG


Apéropéra-ballet #2

About Floating Worlds

“An act or instant of floating”

Playing with gravity and the transience of bodies, the choreographer and dancer Javier Rodriguez Cobos and his alter ego musician Fabrizio Di Salvo take us on a journey through a list of intimate images, a succession of suspended moments for this apéropéra in ballet mode.
Warning: stroboscopic effects used during the performance

Thursday, November 17, 2022
At 6:30 pm
CHF 25.–
First drink included (except cocktails and champagne)
Atrium of the GTG

Discover the artists:
Fabrizio Di Salvo
Javier Rodriguez


Apéropéra #3

About Maria Stuarda

On arias by Donizetti and Rossini, the mezzo-soprano Ena Pongrac and the tenor Omar Mancini, accompanied on the piano by Réginald Le Reun, take you on a journey to explore bel canto. An appetizer for the Christmas season before the opera Maria Stuarda.

Thursday, December 8, 2022
At 6:30 pm
CHF 25.– (first drink included)
Avant-foyer of the GTG


Apéropéra #4

About Parsifal
A special evening to get ready for the Parsifal experience or simply to gather around the two great masters and two exceptional performers.

In the Wagnerian maze that would finally lead to the creation of Parsifal in 1882, Richard Wagner‘s last work, the Wesendonck Lieder are at the start of the tortuous path, created in 1862. Based on five poems by Mathilde Wesendonck, the wife of his host in Zürich, they were composed while Richard was in exile after taking part in the Dresden riots: the chromaticism of Tristan und Isolde can already be heard.

In 1853, ten years before the beginning of the relationship between his daughter Cosima and the composer, Franz Liszt published Les harmonies poétiques et religieuses. Inspired in part by Lamartine’s poems, the collection includes pieces for solo piano, the most frequently performed of which is this transcendent meditation, reminiscent of the endless passage of time in Parsifal.

The young mezzo-soprano Eugénie Joneau, who won the Victoires de la Musique last year, will be joined on the piano by the pianist Cédric Pescia.

> discover the programme

Thursday, January 19, 2023
At 6:30 PM
CHF 25.–
First drink included (except cocktails and champagne)
In the foyer of the GTG


Apéropéra #5

About Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria
News alert! Save the date: Fabio Biondi is offering us a solo concert at the Grand Théâtre de Genève! For the greatest pleasure of our ears, carte blanche to the master who will perform Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with his ensemble Europa Galante.

Thursday, February 16, 2023
At 6:30 PM
CHF 25.–
First drink included (except cocktails and champagne)
In the foyer of the GTG


Apéropéra #6

About Journey of Hope

Let’s open up our soundscapes through these pages of chamber music by Christian Jost, the composer behind our creation of Journey of Hope. Inspired by poems by Rainer Maria Rilke, these two melodies for soprano, alto violin and soprano, TagTraum and Landschaft, add to the repertoire of the inner journey so dear to the Germanic lied. Soprano Julieth Lozano, a member of the young ensemble, and our pianist Jean-Paul Pruna will complete the journey with a few Viennese lieder on texts by the same poet, while violist Marie-Barbara Berlaud will take advantage of the opportunity to make a solo foray into the repertoire of Benjamin Britten. From the 20th to the 21st century, there is only one step to take. Let yourself be carried away by these new harmonies!

Alma Mahler
Bei dir ist es traut
Alban Berg
Alma Mahler
Leise weht ein erstes Blühn
Benjamin Britten
Elegy pour violon alto solo
Christian Jost

Thursday, March 23, 2023
At 6:30PM
CHF 25.–
First drink included (except cocktails and champagne)
In the foyer of the GTG


Apéropéra #7

About Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District

100% Shostakovich apero with the soprano Evelina Dobračeva accompanied for the occasion by the violinist Alissa Margulis, the cellist Dan Sloutskovski and the pianist Audrey Vigoureux. Between romances, elegies and joyful or macabre dances, come and dive into the world of the brilliant Russian composer with its many sides.

Thursday, April 20, 2023
At 6:30PM
CHF 25.–
First drink included (except cocktails and champagne)
In the foyer of the GTG


Apéropéra #8

About Nabucco

To conclude the Apéropéras season, while remaining within our theme of ‘Worlds in Migration’, why not explore the repertoire of Al-Andalus music, between Sephardic melodies, Arab-Andalusian melodies and canticles of Mary. Specialists Françoise Atlan and the quanun player Nidhal Jaoua will take us on a journey through the dreamy utopia of convivencia, echoing the Verdian outbursts of our Nabucco.

Thursday, May 25, 2023
At 6:30PM
CHF 25.–
First drink included (except cocktails and champagne)
In the foyer of the GTG

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Eugénie Joneau, mezzo-soprano
Cédric Pescia, piano


Wesendonck Lieder
n° 1 Der Engel
n° 3 Im Treibhaus – Studie zu Tristan und Isolde
n° 4 Schmerzen
n° 5 Träume – Studie zu Tristan und Isolde


Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude
(n°3 des Harmonies poétiques et religieuses)

D’où me vient, ô mon Dieu! cette paix qui m’inonde ?
D’où me vient cette foi dont mon cœur surabonde ?
À moi, qui tout à l’heure incertain, agité,
Et sur les flots du doute à tout vent ballotté,
Cherchais le bien, le vrai, dans les rêves des sages,
Et la paix dans des cœurs retentissants d’orages.
À peine sur mon front quelques jours ont glissé,Il me semble qu’un siècle et qu’un monde ont passé ;
Et que, séparé d’eux par un abîme immense,
Un nouvel homme en moi renaît et recommence.
(Alphonse de Lamartine, Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, Paris, 1830, livre premier, n° V)


Julien Henric et Michael Mofidian

William Byrd
XCIV du Fitzwilliam Virginal Book
Xavier Dami

Franz Schubert
An Silvia
D 891
Michael Mofidian

Gaetano Donizetti
“Quanto è bella, quanto è cara ”
air extrait de L’elisir d’amore
Julien Henric

Gerald Finzi
O Mistress Mine
Fear No More the Heat o’the Sun
de Let us Garlands Bring op.18
Michael Mofidian

Gaetano Donizetti
Il sospiro
Julien Henric

Giuseppe Verdi
“Come dal ciel precipita“
air extrait de Macbeth
Michael Mofidian

Gaetano Donizetti
„Una furtiva lagrima „
air extrait de L’elisir d’amore
Julien Henric