Exhibition: Operas of the World at Centre Pompidou-Metz

The exhibition combines sound and vision to showcase opera’s role as both a workshop for shared artistic aims and aspirations, and the embodiment of creative freedom. Operas of the Worldcharts alternative territory in our exploration of interdisciplinarity in art, from the experiment sets of early avant-garde production to scores that have become latter-day repertory classics, and more experimental, uber-iconic work – such as Arnold Schönberg’s “Die glückliche Hand” (“The Hand of Fate”, 1910-13), Olivier Messiaen’s “Saint François D’Assise”, and Philip Glass and Bob Wilson’s “Einstein on the Beach” (1976).


Topics range from the stage as a moving painting to more radical political, sometimes utopian forms and new spaces of opera, and also represent the Operndorf; as a place blurring the boundaries between fiction and reality, transforming the opera genre into an art form that takes up everyday life. From a sensitive microcosm to a social and humanist macrocosm, the medium has established itself as a veritable mirror on the world.


Opening on Friday, 21stof June 2019.

The exhibition runs from June 22, 2019 – January 27, 2020.

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Opening Hours:

Everyday except Tuesday

01.04. – 31.10.

MON/WED/THU: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

FRI/SAT/SUN: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

01.11. – 31.03.

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Centre Pompidou-Metz

1, parvis des Droit-de-L’Homme

57000 Metz

+33 (0)3 87 15 39 39