No cultural metropolis would be complete without an opera theatre and Geneva is no exception. This Opera House, designed by Jacques-Elisée Goss, was inspired by the Opéra Garnier in Paris, and was inaugurated on October 4, 1879. Since then it has been the center of the cultural life of Geneva.
After a severe fire that took place on stage on May 1st 1951 while representing Wagner's Walkyries, the building had to be completely restored. The re-inauguration took place on December 10, 1962. If you have the chance, do go in and see its magnificent ceiling decorations and its superb curtain.
Adjacent to the Opera Theatre is the Musée Rath, Geneva's first art museum, which also holds art shows.