Strauss: The Gypsy Baron, Grand Théâtre de Genève, 2017 (detail) View full image

Christian Räth returns to Geneva with The Gypsy Baron

In December 2017 Christian Räth returned to his home city and the Grand Théâtre de Genève  to  stage a new production of the rarely-performed Le Baron Tzigane by Johann Strauss. 

Sung in French and with new dialogues reviewed and adapted by Agathe Mélinand, the stage of the Opéra des Nations became a huge game-board, where each character drew a card to discover their purpose in the hectic treasure hunt. Through this playful angle, Christian's "cleverly staged" opera was set in a world of fantasy where characters formed alliances between the petty-bourgeois group of pig breeders, dressed in pink, and the gypsy clan of tattooed bikers, to discover the lost treasure and become the gypsy baron. 

The ingenious sets and  "visually pleasant" costumes were designed by Leslie Travers, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande was conducted by  Stefan Blunier.

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