A conical hat, a high-pitched accent, a smile… Often people compare it to a temple, but if you think the roof of the Opéra de Saint-Étienne looks like a boat, no problem. The people have Saint-Étienne have imagination, they won’t mind. Each season the curtain rises on over 150 performances of opera (its speciality), music or dance. How many opera houses do you know of that produce their own shows, sets and costumes? It sits high up on one of Saint-Étienne’s seven hills, the Opéra does not look down on anyone. On the contrary, it likes to share its enthusiasm. It works to raise children’s awareness of opera and organises musicology conferences with the University of Saint-Étienne. So line up in twos, it’s show time!