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The Creation


18 – 23 Feb 2024

Bridging the gap between art and science

The name Kevin Barz is no doubt familiar to Nancy audiences: a few seasons ago, this young German director was responsible for the first part of Nancy Opera Xperience. He transformed the city into a giant opera house, performing operatic scenes under bus stops, in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, in a bowling alley or a laundromat. He returns with this no less original project. Taking Haydn's oratorio as a challenge to creationists, he rereads Genesis through the prism of our current knowledge of the history of the universe since the Big Bang: with light as the common thread, he sketches out a salutary reflection, at a time when the fight against fake news is becoming a daily sport.

In direct confrontation with the libretto and Haydn's music, which exalts divine creation, it highlights the scientific discoveries of the last 2,500 years and shows how the universe, the Earth and mankind actually came into being. We go back to the beginnings of the universe, and meet illustrious scientists who will be interpreted by the Opéra national de Lorraine choir.

We invite you to discover the identities of the scientists on stage by clicking here.

What's more, the Opéra will be delighted to welcome an android-robot, a humanoid with lifelike facial expressions and gestures, who will be making an appearance on stage! He's one of the world's most advanced robots in this field.

Then the sacred rays dispelled
the darkness of sinister night.
The Creation

Discover The Creation in the metaverse

This Creation will be one of the first operas to be hosted live in virtual reality in the Metaverse on the Sansar platform. For those who can't make it to the Opéra to see the show in the main auditorium, all four performances will be accessible live via this platform from a simple computer or through VR (Virtual Reality) headset. Once you've entered this universe, you'll be able to interact with other users, just like on a social network, whether in the main auditorium or in the virtual Foyer, modeled in 3D . 

Connecting to Metaverse: First and foremost, you need a Windows computer (Sansar is not Mac-compatible) with at least 8 GB of storage space and a minimum 4GB graphics card. You'll find connection instructions in the following tutorial.


  • Sun. 18 February 2024
    Opéra national de Lorraine
  • Tue. 20 February 2024
    Opéra national de Lorraine
  • Thu. 22 February 2024
    Opéra national de Lorraine
  • Fri. 23 February 2024
    Opéra national de Lorraine


Scientific and technological partnership with OFFIS (Institute for Information Technology, University of Oldenburg, Germany) for the robot created by Engineered Arts. OFFIS is represented by Professors Dr. Hein (head of the robotics department) and M.Eng. Nieto Agraz.

1 h 45 without interval

5 — 85 €

in German, surtitles
All audiences from 11 years 

Important information: 
This show features lasers and strobe effects that may affect photosensitive spectators.
As the technology used during the show uses WIFI, it is necessary to switch off your cell phones or put them in airplane mode during the show.

Introduction to the performance
45 minutes before the start of the performance (free of charge, upon presentation of ticket). 

The February 22 performance offers a single price of 10€ for students and/or under 30 years old in the best categories!


Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio

First performed at Burgtheater in Vienne on 19 March 1799


Gottfried van Swieten


Joseph Haydn

New production

 Opéra national de Lorraine


Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

Opéra national de Lorraine Orchestra and Chorus

Marta Gardolińska

Chorus conductor

Guillaume Fauchère

Assistant conductor

Sebastián Almánzar

Director and video

Kevin Barz

Set and Costume Design

Anika Stowasser


Victor Egéa


Johannes Wagner


Julie Roset


Jonas Hacker


Sam Carl

See also

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