Liege lays claim to one of the most precious cultural resources in Belgium—one of the country's four opera houses. Visit the Royal Opera of Wallonia in Liege for a taste of classic opera. Thanks to its position between France, Germany, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg, the opera in Liege attracts a continual roster of the world's top talent in opera.
The venue, Théâtre Royal de Liège
Theatre Royal has been home to the Royal Opera of Wallonia since the company was founded in 1967. Founded around 200 years ago, the Theatre Royal in Liege city center has a capacity of just over 1,000 people and has been showcasing the finest opera talent since it opened its doors. This splendid building was listed as cultural heritage site in 1999 by the Commission des Monuments et Sites. It is a grand old structure whose prestige is only surpassed by the performances held within. The splendid building was built using materials reclaimed from some of city's old churches, such as the Chartreux Convent and Lambert Cathedral. The columns on the building's facade are older than the building itself. If you don't get the chance to catch a performance here, you can take a tour of the theater—admire the elegant carvings along the box seats and the beautiful frescos that decorate the ceiling and learn more about its rich history. The theater was renovated in between 2009 and 2012 to include state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology. Modern acoustics are subtly integrated into the building's historic architecture, giving the audience a memorable experience.
The opera house
Royal Opera of Wallonia is among the best opera houses in Europe. Many of its performances come from the classical era of opera in the 18th and 19th centuries, including works of composers like Grétry, Cherubini, Puccini, and Verdi, among others. Operas are typically performed in the evening with occasional afternoon shows. Check the theater's website to know if the Royal Opera of Wallonia will be in town during your visit as the company often tours aboard owing to its popularity. The theater regularly hosts films, concerts, non-traditional opera events, and conferences. These events are typically free to attend, so be sure to find out what's going on during your visit.