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Journey of Hope



20:00 — Grand Théâtre de Genève

Grand Théâtre de Genève



20:00 — Grand Théâtre de Genève

Grand Théâtre de Genève


Rihab Chaieb

Kornél Mundruczó
stage director

Opera by Christian Jost
Libretto by Káta Weber after the movie Reise der Hoffnung by Xavier Koller
World premiere


Gabriel Feltz
Musical Director

Kornél Mundruczó
Stage Director

Monika Pormale
Scenography and costume Designer

Felice Ross
Lighting Designer

Káta Weber

Kartal Karagedik
Haydar, the father

Rihab Chaieb
Meryem, the mother

Ivan Thirion
Matteo, a trucker

Denzil Delaere
Haci Baba, a Mafioso

Julieth Lozano
A doctor

Omar Mancini
A farmer

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

the music

This new opera, based on the film of the same name by Swiss director Xavier Koller, tells the story of a Kurdish family that abandons kind and country to try to get into paradise, i.e., Switzerland. Like a mirage, this paradise fades away with each step forward and ends up disappearing completely in a snowstorm.

More than 30 years ago, a family’s future was sealed by the mountains. Today, people meet their destiny at sea. But for those of us who do not have to make this kind of journey, the story is little more than a parable.

Who better to stage this new opera than Hungarian film and theatre director Kornél Mundruczó, already seen in Geneva with The Makropoulos Case (2020) and Sleepless (2022)? The music of this journey into despair, the first of our productions to be cancelled by the 2020 COVID lockdown, is the work of German composer Christian Jost, whose distinctive orchestral writing has the epic proportions of film music and is full of powerful rhythms and great emotions.

OSR Live

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Richard Dubugnon

Arcanes symphoniques, pour grand orchestre

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Johannes Brahms

Symphony N° 4 in E minor op.98

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 22 March 2017 at Victoria Hall, Geneva