Her skeleton stays the same, but she gets thicker. The 2022-2023 season of Clermont Auvergne Opéra does not allow itself any weak time, dares the large format, multiplies the prestigious names, affirms the quality, blows on the embers of fantasy, opens up to all audiences. An overbidding which is accompanied by an attractive pricing policy with an overall reduction in the price of seats. Who says better ?

This remarkable season will start much earlier than usual. The major exhibition “Costuming the Age of Enlightenment”, combined with a sound and light show, will bring the Clermont opera house to life all summer long (free admission from July 5 to August 20). A lighting desired within the framework of the candidacy of Clermont-Ferrand Massif central 2028.

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During this new season, Karine Deshayes will return to Auvergne (December 4, 2022), with Il Trionfo del Tempo, Handel’s first oratorio which will be performed by leading artists: Caroline Mutel, Raffaele Pe under the direction of Sébastien d’Hérin from the Nouveaux Caractères ensemble. Other big voices welcomed next season include Sandrine Piau (February 20, 2023) for Lieder by Schubert. She will be accompanied on the viola by Arnaud Thorette and on the piano by Johan Farjot who also signs the arrangements.

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And finally the lovers of the baroque, will appreciate to find in Alla Napoletana Christina Pluhar and the L’Arpeggiata ensemble, with Céline Scheen and Vincenzo Capezzuto (April 29, 2023) for a most delightful evening. It must not be forgotten Hervé Niquet, his Spiritual Concert and the actor Patrice Thibaud. Under the banner of the Imperial Theater – Opéra de Compiègne, they will tell (May 11 and 12, 2023), the Incredible adventures of Baron Münchhausena comical character full of madness, to music by Rameau, Campra, Grétry, Montclair, Boismortier…
For Haydn’s opera Isola Disabitatathe pianist Philippe Cassard will guide four high-quality singers, three of whom have already performed in Clermont-Ferrand: Ania Wozniak (winner of the last Clermont-Ferrand International Singing Competition), Florian Bisbrouck, Inès Berlet as well as Benoît Rameau, tenor recently awarded at the Melody Competition from Gordes.


Clermont Auvergne Opéra stages one or more operas each season, which then go on tour to other cities in France. At the request of the Reims Opera, La Traviata by Verdi will thus be created in Clermont-Ferrand (sets, costumes, staging) with Erminie Blondel (photo DR) in the role of Violetta and Matthieu Justine in that of Alfredo, under the musical direction of Amaury du Closel and directed by Pierre Thirion-Vallet. La Traviata will be given for the first time at the Opéra-Théâtre de Clermont (January 17 to 22, 2023), then hosted around ten times in France (Neuilly-sur-Seine, Poissy, Saint-Quentin, Perpignan…).

Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart will also be produced in co-production with Opéra Eclaté and the Opéra de Massy, ​​with the staging of Eric Pérez, under the musical direction of Gaspard Brécourt with in the main roles: Julie Goussot, Ania Wozniak, Marielou Jacquard , Anoine Foulon and Jean Miannay. The Auvergnats will have to wait until October 13 and 14, 2022 to discover this new opera.

Summit of Italian opera from the beginning of the 20th century, Turandot is above all the ultimate masterpiece of Puccini who knows how to make the infinitely delicate grandiose. This large and very careful production brings together more than 100 performers between stage and pit: the Coro Lirico Siciliano choir, the Orchester Opéra 2001, and in the title role Chrystelle di Marco.


Among the novelties, we must of course note the 5th edition of the Voix Nouvelles Competition (initiated in 1988 by the French Center for Lyric Promotion, now Génération Opéra). The eliminatory rounds will take place in the fall of 2022 in the regions and for the first time on the stage of the Opéra-Théâtre de Clermont-Ferrand. The 12 most promising candidates will perform on the stage of the Opéra-Comique in Paris, during the grand national final in October 2023.

Not to mention, the project On stage ! (June 3). This original lyrical show designed with people with disabilities, mixes professionals and amateurs wishing to play and sing together, to perform on stage and show that talent has nothing to do with disability.

A lyrical performance designed with people with disabilities

Clermont Auvergne Opéra wants to enter the new year (2023) with a smile. On December 30 and 31, it offers a joyful parody of the old Music Halls of the 1930s to 1950s, whose emblematic figures are freedom-loving characters. Mistinguett, Maurice Chevalier, Dranem, Damia and later Nino Ferrer or Henri Salvador…

Practice. Several substantial reductions should be noted: the “Afters of the Good Shepherd” go to 15 euros (instead of 25 euros), with the addition of the creation of a reduced price of 12 euros. 3rd series seats at the opera theater will now be 25 euros (instead of 36 euros), or even 20 euros at a reduced rate. Places at the Maison de la culture lose 5 euros.
Subscriptions start on May 31 for the general public (May 30 reserved for patrons).

Pierre-Olivier Febvret

Lyric – Fantasy and lightness for a common thread of a concrete season at Clermont Auvergne Opéra