Lille Opera


The project

Since the reopening in 2004, following the renovation of the building, which was built in 1915, the Lille Opera has become a lyric stage of national reference.  A public entity of cooperation cultural (EPCC) supported by the City of Lille, the Lille European Metropolitan Area, the Hauts-de-France region and the Ministry of Culture (DRAC Hauts-de-France),  it puts into application, under the impetus of its director Caroline Sonrier, a project whose primary mission is openness: openness to all repertoires, to the current creative aesthetic and emerging artists, openness to all publics, to all territories of the region and beyond, etc. From season to season, the project brings together a broad public around original and exacting programming, to anchor opera, dance and the messages that it carries in the imagination of a public that is ever more attentive.


Find the Lille Opera reports for the season 15-16

Reports for the season 15-16


Openness to all repertoires

The eclectic and ambitious artistic project confers to the Lille Opera a growing international reputation from the public and professionals.

Discover the 2017-18 season

Reaching out to the public

Being open to all and attracting new audiences are priority objectives of the Lille Opera. Around each show, in addition to school sessions, the house teams put into action an ambitious artistic and cultural policy aimed at schools, the young, and people who live in remote areas. 

Discover our proposals for each type of audience.

Reaching out through the region

A regional opera of national stature, the Lille Opera relies on its artistic projects to fulfil its missions of dissemination throughout the region. As the only opera house in Hauts-de-France, it assumes its natural responsibility to build connections. The Lille Opera develops partnerships of proximity with local cultural actors, promotes access to the Opera for remote publics and conducts a policy of artistic and cultural education with schools throughout the region.


Discover the Off-site programming of the Lille Opera

Discover the Finoreille vocal practice workshops in the Hauts-de-France region

Promoting the patrimony

Today one of the architectural icons of Lille, the Opera building was designed in 1907, in a neoclassic style, by the architect Louis-Marie Cordonnier (1854-1940), a native of the region. Inaugurated in 1923 and renovated between 1998 and 2003, it constitutes one of the most beautiful examples of the Italian-style opera house of the 20th century.

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Encourage creation

The Lille Opera is today a tool of production of national stature. In addition to its productions and co-productions of new lyric or choreographic shows, which are regularly praised for their quality, it premieres each season at least one work either through a commission or co-commission with a living composer.

Artistic partners

Develop partnerships

The Lille Opera benefits from the generosity and the ongoing commitment of numerous businesses throughout the region, which allow it each year to develop its activities and launch new projects.

The business partners.