Lear by Aribert Raimann at Paris Palais Garnier

Published by Laurent P. · Published on April 9, 2019 at 04:19 p.m.
Palais Garnier offers music enthusiasts to discover Aribert Reinmann’s work, Lear, from November 21 to December 7, 2019. An invitation to travel through the Shakespearian work.

King Lear in a new light… This is what Palais Garnier offers with several performances of Lear, an opera by Aribet Reinmann performed from November 21 to December 7, 2019. A work obviously based on the eponymous play written by William Shakespeare.

Everything starts with a baryton, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau who – keen to play the lead role of King Leak – comes to ask Aribert Reinmann once, unsuccessfully. But it’s in 1975, when the Bayerische Staatsoper from Munich places an order that he ultimately agrees to take up the challenge of staging this impossible opera – numerous composers have sought to come to grips with it but kicked themselves.

The story of this opera is as known as Shakespeare’s work: the play takes place in Scotland, at the court of the King Lear who tired of ruling ends up sharing his kingdom between his three daughters, Goneril, Codelia and Regan. An opera making “all the tortuous dissimulations and violence of human relationships” emerge thanks to the “somber orchestral timbres and the highly nuanced vocal lines”. A “cathartic” production by Calixto Beito in which “each of the characters is stripped bare”. Intriguing enough to buy tickets, friends?

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From November 21, 2019 to December 7, 2019



    8 Rue Scribe
    75009 Paris 9

    Métro ligne 3, 7 ou 8 station "Opéra", RER A station "Auber"

    Catégorie 6: €10
    Catégorie 5: €25
    Catégorie 4: €50
    Catégorie 3: €90
    Catégorie 2: €150
    Catégorie 1: €190
    Catégorie Optima: €210

    Average duration
    2 h 50 min

    Official website

    More informations
    Représentations les 27 et 30 novembre, 4 et 7 décembre 2019 à 19h30, le 24 novembre à 14h30. Première le 2& novembre à 19h30.

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