With around 200 curtain raises and more than 150,000 spectators attending each season, the Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie is one of the most important national stages in France.
Les fauteuils de l'Opéra Comédie de MontpellierOpéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
Two halves make a whole
Born in 2000 out of a merger between the opera and the orchestra, the Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie is an association established under the law of 1901, supported by the Metropolis of Montpellier, the Region of Occitania, the Ministry of Culture, the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs, and the City of Montpellier.
Valérie Chevalier, directrice générale de l'Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie (2019)Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
Valérie Chevalier, Managing Director
In 2014, Valérie Chevalier was appointed as Managing Director of the Opéra Orchestre following a public recruitment procedure. Now, in 2021, she remains the first and only woman to lead a National Opera Company in France.
Michael Schønwandt, chef principal (2019)Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
Michael Schønwandt, Lead Conductor
Former Music Director of the Royal Opera of Copenhagen and the Royal Orchestra of Denmark, Michael Schønwandt has held the role of Lead Conductor of the Opéra Orchestre since 2015.
One location, three artistic forces
The Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie not only combines a professional orchestra and chorus, but also the Opéra Junior—a singing school for students aged from 6 to 25
1 - Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie
Founded in 1989, the Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie has experienced a spectacular growth in its forty-year career, which makes it today one of the most dynamic orchestras in the French musical landscape.
Les musiciens de l'Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie (2021-10)Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
1 - Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie
Now comprising 88 musicians, the Orchestra takes on the entire lyric and symphonic repertoire from the 18th century to contemporary times and can rejoice to see its history engraved on more than forty public recordings.
Michael Schønwandt, chef principal (2019-11-16)Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
Michael Schønwandt, Lead Conductor of the Opéra Orchestre
Michael Schønwandt conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 3 at the Opéra Berlioz.
Dorota Anderszewska, premier violon solo supersoliste de l'Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie (2019)Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
Dorota Anderszewska, First Violin and Supersolist
A key role, the first violin is the second-most senior position in the orchestra after the conductor. Supersoloist is a special title given to musicians not only able to play solo parts during a concert but also to perform certain concertos.
Cyrille Tricoire lors du concert Au cœur de l'Orchestre (2019-11-16)Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
Cyrille Tricoire, Cellist and Supersoloist
Cyrille Tricoire up-close with the public during the concert Au Cœur de l'Orchestre at the Opéra Berlioz.
2 - The Choir of the Opéra National Montpellier Occitanie
Founded in 1982, the Choir of the Opéra National Montpellier Occitanie has been led by Noëlle Gény since 1994.
Choeur de l'Opéra de Montpellier 2Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
The Choir of the Opéra National Montpellier Occitanie
Having been invited to perform at all the musical stages in France, the choir has a broad repertoire including grand choruses from operas, operettas, musical theater, melodies in French, Italian, German, and Slavic languages, as well as religious and contemporary music.
3 - Opéra Junior
Founded in 1990, this unique organization celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2020!
Symphonie n°3 de Gustav Mahler à l'Opéra Berlioz (2019)Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3 by Opera Junior choir
The Opéra Junior Choir is an ensemble of young singers aged from 6 to 25 who are trained by the Opéra Orchestre in stage arts, singing, and acting.
Opéra Junior dans Step in ! (2016) by Olivier CollinOpéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
The Opéra Junior Choir in Step In!
Following on from their show built around The Tempest by William Shakespeare, the ensemble Les Ombres worked with the Opéra Junior Choir to create the musical and choreographic performance Step In!
Two outstanding venues
The concerts and shows performed by the Opéra Orchestre Montpellier mainly take place in Montpellier's two most important theaters.
La grande salle de l'Opéra ComédieOpéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
1 - Opéra Comédie
The Opéra Comédie is an Italian style theater built in 1888 with a capacity of 1,200 spectators distributed across five levels.
Mahler 3 à l'Opéra Berlioz (2019)Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
2 - Opéra Berlioz
Opened in 1990, the Opéra Berlioz is located within the Corum at the Palais des Congrés in Montpellier.
L'Opéra Berlioz vu depuis la scène. (2019)Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
The empty Opéra Berlioz
The vast Opéra Berlioz venue can seat up to 2,000 viewers and offers exceptional acoustics.
Installation du public dans l’Opéra Berlioz (2019-04-19)Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
People take their seats at the Opéra Berlioz
A few minutes before the start of a performance, 2,000 spectators take their seats at the Opéra Berlioz.
Tristan et Isolde à l'Opéra Berlioz (2019-01-17) by Richard WagnerOpéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner at the Opéra Berlioz
The opera Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner performed as a concert (unstaged), conducted by Michael Schønwandt at the Opéra Berlioz.
An artistic program for all audiences
Every year, the Opéra Orchestre offers an accessible and varied season featuring operas, lyrical and symphonic concerts, baroque and chamber music, music from other places, cinema concerts, the escape game, and more.
Don Pasquale de Gaetano Donizetti (2019-02-20) by Gaetano Donizetti and Valentin SchwarzOpéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
Operas entrusted to new producers
Don Pasquale by Donizetti, by directors Valentin Schwarz and Andrea Cozzi in 2019 at the Opéra Comédie.
Le Barbier de Séville (Rossini) à l'Opéra Berlioz de Montpellier (2020-09-28) by Rafael R. Villalobos and Emanuele SinisiOpéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
The Barber of Seville by Rossini
A new, very rock 'n' roll production of The Barber of Seville by Rossini entrusted to the producer Rafael R. Villalobos, in September 2020.
Nabucco de Giuseppe Verdi, mise en scène par John Fulljames à l'Opéra Berlioz de Montpellier (2018) by Giuseppe Verdi, John Fulljames, and Opéra national de LorraineOpéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
Simon Boccanegra by Verdi
The opera also provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy staged performances, such as Verdi's Simon Boccanegra created by David Hermann.
Geneviève de Brabant de Jacques Offenbach (2016) by Jacques Offenbach and Benoît BénichouOpéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
Operas adapted for the young, by the young!
Geneviève de Brabant (Offenbach), adapted for the Opéra Junior at the Opéra Comédie.
Le Grand Foyer transformé en jardin printanier (2018) by Benoît BénichouOpéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
Shows for families and children
For opera to work its magic on even the youngest audiences and their families, the Opéra Orchestre adapts its shows to perform them in shorter, more fun-filled formats.
La Soupe Pop de Marie-Ève Signeyrole (2016) by Marie-Ève Signeyrole and The Tiger LilliesOpéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
There is definitely a place for theater at the opera too, such as with the show La Soupe Pop, a musical and poetic immersion set in a soup kitchen.
Les danseurs de Hamid El Kabouss (compagnie MIMH) dans La Boîte à Joujoux (Claude Debussy) (2016) by Claude Debussy and Hamid El KaboussOpéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
Not to be outdone, the dance program at the Opéra Orchestre benefits from an outstanding partnership with Montpellier Danse, resulting in several contemporary shows each season.
Applaudissements à l'Opéra Comédie (2019-05-31)Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
All we're waiting for is you!
Every year, Opéra Orchestre attracts more than 150,000 spectators to the 200 events taking place during its season of performances. Why not join them!