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We won't be going to the Opera

20 Mar 2024 | 19 h 00

"When the audience applauded us, I felt liberated."Alisha, 5th grader at La Fontaine secondary school, Laxou

Opera is a trompe-l'œil art form. How much of the story presented on stage is real? This ambiguity between fiction and reality is also present in Julien Joubert's opera, composed with tenderness and generosity for a chorus of young singers. In We won't be going to the Opera the children's choir is a class ready to attend an opera rehearsal. They are disappointed when they are told that the outing cannot take place. But their taste for opera will prevail, and the operatic experience will make their day!

Listening to the joy and dedication of the young performers in We won't be going to the Opera raises doubts: could the children's choir on stage be the class destined for an extraordinary adventure at the Opera?

In this work, Julien Joubert combines all the vital ingredients for a successful opera: a heady choral score quoting twenty famous operas, a delightful orchestral accompaniment, and an abundance of feelings expressed in music.  There's something for everyone to enjoy: a fun way to discover opera, or an equally fun treasure hunt to find the operas hidden by Julien Joubert!


  • Wed. 20 March 2024
    Opéra national de Lorraine


Free, reservations at the box office, on the online ticketing service, by phone 03 83 85 33 11 or by e-mail

about 45 minutes

6pm - 6.30pm hands-on workshop: adults and families, come and learn the songs from the performance so you can leave the Opera singing! 


Collaborative project in partnership with 

Opéra national de Lorraine and Académie Nancy-Metz-DAAC

Opéra national de Lorraine Orchestra

Choir of the students from the schools Fleming (Jarville-la-Malgrange), Jules Romains (Maxéville), Gilberte Monne (Tonnoy)

We won't be going to the Opera 

Created in 2015, commissioned by the Académie musicale de Villecroze

Music and libretto 

Julien Joubert


Clément Joubert

Stage direction and additional libretto

Suzie Baret-Fabry


William Le Sage

Artist and children's chorus master

Guillaume Paire

Caisse des Dépôts is the main sponsor of the Opéra national de Lorraine's touring "Maîtrise populaire".
AXA Assurances Vie Mutuelle is a sponsor of the artistic and cultural education project Nous n'irons pas à l'Opéra.
The DRAC (Direction régionale des affaires culturelles) Grand Est supports this show.
The Fleming and Jules Romains schools have received public support as part of the Politiques de la Ville program - an agreement between the State (DDETS services) and local authorities (Jarville and Maxéville communes).
The Gilberte Monne school has received public support from the Rectorat - Académie de Nancy-Metz - DAAC.

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