Lully's Alceste at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Until February 1, 2024
15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Capacity 1905 seats
For all audiences
In French with English and French surtitles
Highlights: Lully's Alceste at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
An opera of intrigue... On the evening of the first Paris performance of Alceste, the enemies of Lully present in the auditorium gave no applause whatsoever, and the critics went mad. But the work was finally recognised for its worth. This lyrical tragedy in five acts and a prologue brings together four characters from Greek tragedy: Alcestis, daughter of Pelias, King of Iolcos in Thessaly; Lycomedes, King of Scyros; Alcide, another name for Hercules or Heracles; and Admetus, Alcide's friend and King of Thessaly.
Lully's music in Alceste is emblematic of the French Baroque style, with solemn arias, rousing dances and majestic choruses. The opera is also known for its innovative use of lyric tragedy, blending music, dance, and drama harmoniously.
Alceste helped establish Lully as one of the most important composers of his time.
At the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Alceste is played by the great French soprano Véronique Gens. She is joined by tenor Cyril Auvity as Admète, bass Luigi Di Donato, and bass-baritone Luc Bertin-Hugault.
The crème de la crème of operas in concert version.
Story: Lully's Alceste at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Experience the grandeur and tragedy of Lully's masterpiece, Alceste, as this French baroque opera takes you on a journey through the mythological world of Ancient Greece. Here, King Admète faces the ultimate sacrifice: offering his own life to save his beloved Alceste. Lully's majestic music, characterized by its ornate melodies and intricate harmonies, brings to life the characters’ emotional turmoil and their heroic acts. With its timeless themes of love, devotion, and selflessness, Alceste captivates audiences with its powerful storytelling and enchanting music, showcasing the pinnacle of French opera during the Baroque era.
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Hosting one of the most lavishing concert halls in all of Paris, Champs- Élysées is the true definition of architectural beauty with its historic foundation. Inaugurated on April 2nd, 1913, the structure is quite large comprising three auditoriums: Théâtre des Champs- Élysées, The Comédie des Champs- Élysées, Studio des Champs- Élysées, and a restaurant. The main theatre which has 1905 seats is Italian styled and originally constructed to host guests visiting the theatre to watch opera shows and concerts. This was the first theatre in Paris to be built completely from reinforced concrete instead of steel.
Over the years the famed theatre has hosted many recognized artists such as the beautiful cabaret dancer Josephine Baker, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, and many other entertainers from our cherished olden day era. In 2005 the main room in the theatre was renovated in order to improve the acoustics, it is confirmed that during a show the sounds are very clear, almost as if you were up close to the stage. Théâtre des Champs- Élysées is one of the most frequently visited monuments in Paris, on an annual basis more than 300,000 people attend programs from contemporary dance and ballet recitals to orchestras, operas, and other concerts. Carrying a number of diverse performances of different genres, the theatre attracts audience members of all ages.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air conditioning: No
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Can I take photos during Alceste?
How long does Jean-Baptiste Lully’s <i>Alceste</i> last?
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Is Alceste for an international audience or French speakers?
Where will I be seated, and will I see the surtitles for Alceste properly?
Is there a coat check available at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?
Is tipping customary at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?
Tips are not accepted at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.
If I'm late, will I still be allowed into the show?
This depends on the delay. The auditorium doors close as soon as the performance begins. The first latecomers are placed in late boxes with a limited number of seats.
Those who arrive later will be allowed to watch the performance from the screens located outside of the auditorium, around the perimeter of the Orchestra and will be allowed to their seats during the intermission (if there is one).
How do I know if my seats are next to each other?
Tickets of the same category that are booked during the same purchase session in the same booking order on our website are always assigned side by side. To be sure of this, make sure all of your tickets are in the same category and are included in your shopping cart at the time of purchase.