Cité musicale - Metz


2021-2024 residence

Established in the Grand Est since 2018, the vocal ensemble Les Métaboles carries out a significant part of their activity in this territory. If the ensemble is a regular at prestigious festivals in the region, the residence at the Cité musicale-Metz will be its first residence in the Grand Est. The programs of the Métaboles in this house will illustrate the extent of the repertoire for choir championed by the ensemble.

Cultural actions are an important part of this residence where the Métaboles make a point of meeting the public. The ensemble proposes actions in close collaboration with Inecc (Mission Voix Lorraine) and the Cité musicale-Metz. Vocal practice workshops and restitutions of the workshops with the singers of the Métaboles will be offered before the concerts.

Les Métaboles will also be aimed at schools with workshops throughout the season for several middle and high school classes.


Apocalypsis (concert)
Liebeslieder Walzer (concert)

Singing Ravel (concert)
Messe un jour ordinaire (concert)

Vox Naturae (concert set in motion)
Métamorphoses(s) (concert with the cellist Marc Coppey)



Thuesday, June 8 2023 - 8:00 pmMétamorphose(s)Cité musicale - Metz

Les Métaboles and the cellist Marc Coppey, offer a program under the sign of metamorphosis. Some works are transformed, such as a Chaconne by Bach and Agnus Dei by Barber, transcribed for cello and choir. Others translate the metamorphosis musically, such as the eponymous work by Philippe Hersant inspired by the four seasons or the creation of the Japanese composer Noriko Baba. The ultimate change of state, that of passing from life to death, is explored in John Tavener's Svyati.


Thuesday, January 12 2023 - 08 pmVox NaturaeCité musicale - Metz

The Canadian composer Raymond Murray Schafer has developed in his music a most singular philosophical approach, his vocal works seeking to establish a spiritual link with Nature, by creating real soundscapes, drawing inspiration for this from Native American culture. The vocal ensemble Les Métaboles excels in the interpretation of this metaphysical repertoire.

Completed by a piece by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis, this concert is set in motion by choreographer Éric Oberdorff, assuring the public of an extraordinary mystical experience.

Informations and reservations here



Saturday, May 28 2022 - 8 pmMesse un jour ordinaireCité musicale - Metz


In 1994, Messe un jour ordinaire crossed the vehement and shattering words of mass with that, individual and derisory, of Laurence, a young drug addict who appeared in a documentary by Jean-Michel Carré. 20 years later, Bernard Cavanna rewrites it to reinforce the presence of voice and choir.


Sunday, January 30 2022 - 4 pmSinging RavelCité musicale - Metz

Everything sings at Ravel's: the strings of Daphnis and Chloé, the piano from Jeux d'eau or the whirlwind of fantastic characters from L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. However, his work for a cappella choir is reduced to the twirling but very short Three Songs. Never mind ! Didn't Ravel himself transcribe, here for piano, there for orchestra, a good part of his catalog? Here is Ma mère d'Oye, Miroirs, Scheherazade offered to the virtuosity and playfulness of the singers of the Métaboles - and in creation, the transcriptions of the Bolero and Pavane pour une infante défunte

Reservation here



Saturday, October 16 2021 - 8 pmLiebeslieder WalzerLa Cité musicale - Metz

Behind Brahms the Titan, ambitious heir to Beethoven and Schumann, stands the lover of the voice, the complicit observer of Viennese customs. This is the one who composes waltzes for four hands piano and vocal ensemble, intended for amateurs. Love songs to the rhythm of dance, these Liebeslieder Walzer alternately express desire, nostalgia, sorrow, and fun in the dialogue of hearts. To this emblematic collection, Léo Warynski joins several gems of Brahmsian vocal art, in which the colors of his Metaboles shine.

Les Métaboles
Yoan Héreau et Edoardo Torbianelli, piano
Léo Warynski, musical direction


Friday, September 17 2021 - 8 pmApocalypsisLa Cité musicale - Metz

The opening concert for the 2021-2022 season highlights the masterpieces of great French artists, Camille Saint-Saens, Reynaldo Hahn and Claude Debussy. To these composers is added Édith Canat de Chizy with Apocalypsis, a world creation for choir and orchestra.

This powerful work, commissioned to mark the 800th anniversary of Metz Cathedral, will resonate with force in the Great Hall of the Arsenal.