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Geneva’s grandiose Second Empire-style opera house opened in 1879, and was modelled on the Paris Opéra Garnier of the same era. Of particular note are the splendid marble statues representing drama, dance, music, and comedy on the main facade. Within, the theatre boasts the largest stage in Switzerland—thoroughly modernized following a fire in the 1950s. Throughout the year, there is an ambitious program of classical concerts, chamber music and recitals. The main opera season runs from September to July, when its resident troupes perform eight operas and two ballets.