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Beatrice and Benedict

Live music & concerts

Last updated date : 29/07/2023

This piece by Berlioz tackles Shakespeare through the finest, most cheerful writing about the feeling of love. Two visions are clashing: the safety of home on one hand, unbridled desire on the other.

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As Romantic composers go, Berlioz is the most controversial. His last opera, Beatrice and Benedict, was inspired from Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing and received acclaim when it premiered in 1862 in Baden-Baden. Two visions of love stand between four young people: the safety of home versus unbridled desire. Claudio and Héro embody the innocence of marital love, while Beatrice and Benedict are so scared of the shackles of marriage that they refuse to acknowledge their attraction for one another and pretend to feel hatred instead. The conspiratorial tendencies of their controlling society of surveillance finally pushes them to give in. To tell this story, Berlioz composed music he described as “one of the liveliest and most original that I have written, that requires excessive delicacy in execution.” Director Damiano Michieletto expressed his fascination with the composer’s visionary genius, which “goes beyond the capacity to tell a story, and turns such a story into a personal journey during which the music transcends space and widens horizons.”

Opéra-comique in 2 acts, 1862
Libretto by the composer,after Shakespeare’s play Much Ado About Nothing

New production

Stage director : Damiano Michieletto
Musical director : Johannes Debus
Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra de Lyon

Practical information


Place de la Comédie - 69001 Lyon 1er




From 10 to 116€.
Lyon City Card et Lyon City Card 365 : 15% off on all the programming from €10, except on gala evenings and on December 31st.
More information from the Opera.


Monday 13 May 2024 at 8 pm.

Wednesday 15 May 2024 at 8 pm.

From Friday 17 to Saturday 18 May 2024 at 8 pm.

Monday 20 May 2024 at 8 pm.

Wednesday 22 May 2024 at 8 pm.

Friday 24 May 2024 at 8 pm.

Live music & concerts

Beatrice and Benedict

The Lyon Opera House

Place de la Comédie - 69001 Lyon 1er

04 69 85 54 54

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