Phèdre : « Quand mon amour
 serait sans crime,
En serait-il moins sans espoir ? »
Hippolyte et Aricie, acte I, scène 8 {Rameau}
photo : Laurent Lagarde, Ville de Limoges, 2013, La Voix humaine, Opéra Théâtre de Limoges


Opéra national du Rhin

Opéra national du Rhin

The Opéra national du Rhin (OnR) owes its exemplary character to the specific contribution of the three cities which compose it: Strasbourg, Mulhouse and Colmar. An association of communes, the OnR is jointly managed by the three cities which each has its own creative activity: the Opera and the Choir at Strasbourg, the Ballet de l'OnR a national choregraphic centre since 1985 – at Mulhouse, and the Opéra Studio –  a training cell for young singers – at Colmar. The OnR works closely with the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg and with the Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse, which play for the operatic and choreographic performances. It furthermore has the largest workshops in France for the making of scenery after those of Paris.

The cultural policy of the Opéra national du Rhin, directed by Marc Clémeur, is expressed through an annual programme of over 138 operatic performances, 23 recitals and concerts, 44 ballet evenings, 55 performances of the Opéra Studio and 64 performances specifically for young audiences (including 24 for schools), 18 specific events, which comes to a total of 223 performances. After over forty years, the Alsatian experience has become a model. Whilst remaining fiercely attached to its regional and European roots, the Opéra national du Rhin stands out as a key institution of French and international operatic life, having in November 1997 been awarded the appellation « Opéra national ».


Opéra national du Rhin
19 place Broglie B.P. 80320
67008 Strasbourg Cedex


03 68 98 76 10 (administration)

General information


    Syndicat intercommunal created in 1972 between the cities of Strasbourg, Mulhouse and Colmar.


    Chairman: Alain Fontanel
    Managing Director: NN
    Financial and Administrative Manager : Nadine Hirtzel

  • BUDGET :
  • 20 < 30 M€
  • 457,68

    Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg: 108 musicians
    Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse: 54 musicians
    Chœurs de l’Orchestre national du Rhin: 40 members of the choir
    Maîtrise de l’Orchestre national du Rhin: 80 members of the choir
    Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg- Maîtrise de l’OnR
    Ballet de l’Opéra national du Rhin: 33 dancers
    Opéra Studio: 10 artists


    Costume workshop: 1 Manager of the Costume Workshop, 1 head seamstress-cutter, 2 cutters, 4 costume designers, 1 costume designer, 1 Manager of the Dressing Department, 3 dressers, 1 shoemaker, 1 Warehouse Manager, 1 foreman of the Wig and Make-up Department, 4 wigmakers/ make-up artists.
    Scenery workshop: 2 Managers of the Building Department, 1 Manager of the Survey Department, 2 Research Officers, 1 Manager of the Boughts, 1 Manager of the Painting and Composite Material Department, 1 foreman paintor , 1 Manager Patinas and Paintings, 3 paintors, 1 Manager Carpenting Department, 6 carpentors, 1 Manager Locksmithing, 2 locksmiths, 1 Manager upholsterer, 1 visual effects supervisor.

Technical information

  • Strasbourg: 1 142
  • Mulhouse La Sinne: 763
  • Colmar Théâtre: 492
  • Mulhouse La Filature: 1 100


  • 1821 for the building
  • 1972 for the structure
  • Jean Villot