National Opera House
The original building of the opera house was built in 1831; however, its latest renovation was
performed by Jean Nouvel in 1993. One of the most remarkable features of the building is the
gigantic glass cupola, situated on the stone columns dating from the 18th century.
The National Opera House of Lyon was inaugurated with the performance of La Dame Blanche (by
François-Adrien Boïeldieu). During the 19th and 20th centuries, many significant premieres of
operas -including Die Meistersinger (by Richard Wagner) in 1896, Andre Chenier (by Giordano) in
1897, and Boris Godunov (by Moussorgsky) in 1913- took place in this house. Furthermore, some world
premieres, such as Erwartung (Arnold Schoenberg) in 1967, have been presented.