Since its reopening in December 2003, the Lille Opera has been offering audiences of the north of France a varied lyric programme, ranging from the baroque period to the creations of contemporary composers, as well as the major masterpieces of the repertoire. Modern dance also plays a leading role: the programming explores today’s major aesthetic directions, put into perspective with the presentation of founding works.
This eclectic and ambitious artistic project has conferred upon the Lille Opera a growing international reputation among the public as well as among professionals.
Special programmes are also offered to make it easier than ever to visit the Opera: the Wednesday Concerts at 6 p.m., Happy Days (open-door days and thematic events with free admission) and a selection of performances specially designed for the whole family.
Each year, the Lille Opera co-produces operas in collaboration with other theatres in France and abroad. These performances bring together regional musical groups such as the National Orchestra of Lille or the Picardie Orchestra and the two ensembles in residence at the Lille Opera: Ictus, for contemporary music, and le Concert d’Astree for the baroque repertoire. Each season, the Lille Opera promotes one opera and several concerts with Emmanuelle Haïm and le Concert d’Astree. (see section: Artists in residence)
The Lille Opera is financed by the City of Lille, the Lille Metropolitan Urban Community, the Conseil Regional Nord-Pas de Calais, the Ministry of Culture (DRAC Nord-Pas de Calais). Within the endowment from the City of Lille, the Opera also benefits from the support of the Casino Barriere de Lille.