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Gala Dinner

17 Nov 2023 | 19 h 00

From Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann, through Bizet's Carmen and Verdi's La Traviata to Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, enter the Opéra place Stanislas, transformed for an evening into the palace of Count Ernest de Chaligny, who welcomes you for an unforgettable dinner...

Count Ernest de Chaligny's palace has remained closed-door and veiled-windowed for the past ten years, since the disappearance of his wife, Countess Constanza de Chaligny, the famous Argentinian singer. No Nancy resident, gossip or watchman, ever caught the Count leaving. Once a leading figure in Nancy society, no one knows if he's still alive, or if he is, what he's doing there. However, wisps of smoke billowing from the building's roof at the end of each winter's day suggest that a presence still inhabits the palace. Some claim to have seen figures moving stealthily behind the windows. Others claim to have heard distant melodies emanating from the bowels of the large building, whose exceptional location in the heart of the city, on Place Stanislas, continues to attract tireless attention.

We have it on good authority that a terrible accident occurred just ten years ago during a rehearsal of Carmen, in which his wife was working on the title role. She, who only performed at home, accompanied by her singers and orchestra, amazed all those lucky enough to come and hear her, thanks to the crystalline sound of her voice and the electric beauty that emanated from her when she sang. That day, without any real explanation as to the cause of the tragedy, a heavy chandelier fell from the hangers and toppled over her, interrupting her singing forever and depriving the Count of his only reason to live. From then on, Count Ernest de Chaligny sank into grief and never left his retreat. A mysterious aura enveloped his memory, feeding a lively imagination in the conversations of the locals.

As the autumn of 2023 set in with tenacity, what a surprise it was for those who received an invitation to their homes, inviting them to an exceptional evening at the Palais, whose doors had never before reopened!


  • Fri. 17 November 2023
    Opéra national de Lorraine


Individual ticket 

*Package price €280 including €150 donation (66% of the amount of the donation can be deducted from the individual's income tax). Actual cost for the dinner and performance package after tax deduction: €181 per person.

If you would like to be grouped with other guests at dinner, please let us know when you make your reservation. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

Discount of €15/person for patrons of the Cercle Orfeo

Information and reservations (until Thursday Nov. 16)
Noémie De Freitas

Ticketing manager
T. 03 83 85 30 60 



William Le Sage

Chorus master

Guillaume Fauchère

With the artists of the Opéra national de Lorraine
Stage direction

 Sophie Bricaire


Vladislav Galard


Restaurant L'Imprimerie (Fontenoy-la-Joûte)

The Opéra national de Lorraine invites you to an unforgettable evening: a dinner and show on stage in the style of an opera-cabaret!
From the hall to the foyer, from the auditorium to the stage, with friends or family, let the Opéra's chorus and musicians surprise you and enjoy a gourmet meal.

Proceeds from this gala dinner will go towards the Opéra Citoyen 2025 project, which aims to give everyone access to opera by offering a rich, creative programme firmly rooted in the community.


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