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The Grand theatre of Geneva

Grand theatre (Grand theatre) - Opera house in Geneva. During the XVII and XVIII centuries, Geneva was heavily influenced by Calvinism, therefore, the first Opera house was built in Geneva only in the mid 1760-ies, and only in the second half of the XIX century the city Council of Geneva began to think about the construction of a luxurious Opera house, which would be consistent with the prestige and status of Geneva. The first stone of the theatre was laid in 1875, and in 1879, the theatre opened with a production of Rossini's Opera "William tell". The Opera house was located between the Conservatory and the Rath Museum and immediately entered the top ten of the best European Opera houses. Luxury facade is decorated with granite columns and marble statues, symbolizing Drama, Dance, Music and Comedy, also here you can see the busts of famous composers. The interior was not only famous for luxurious interiors, but also the equipment by the last word of the technology. In 1905-13. the building was electricity, gas lighting was replaced by electric lamps.

In 1951 there was a terrible fire burned almost all of the theater building, with the exception of the main lobby. The theater was closed for 10 years and was opened again only in 1962. Another reconstruction of the stage equipment was carried out in 1997-98. New auditorium seats 1488 people, in the orchestra pit can play as many as 100 musicians. At the moment, the Grand theatre of Geneva, the largest theatre in the French speaking part of Switzerland. Here you can enjoy Opera and ballet performances, concerts.