Alcina (Palais Garnier)

Opéra Palais Garnier

Until December 30, 2021

Italian with English & French subtitles

Location

Opéra Palais Garnier
Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris
Capacity 1900 seats

Duration

3 hours and 40 minutes 

2 intermissions


Details

Opera

Recommended for all ages

In Italian with English & French subtitles


Highlights

It took more than two centuries for this baroque opera by Handel to earn the recognition it deserves and it was at the hand of acclaimed director Robert Carsen that it made its debut at the Paris Opera. Carsen transports the romantic opera, with its enchanted protagonists, to the tastefully designed decor of a bourgeois stately home. This grandiose aesthetic, complemented by impressive lighting effects, conveys the tempestuous moods of Handel’s characters. Through it all run the rich baroque melodies that immortalised the German composer.

 

To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose from a selection of unique add-ons upon booking, such as a private cocktail, or a glass of champagne and exclusive access to the Salon Liebermann. See below for more details.

Story

Alcina is a feared sorceress known to terrorise men by transforming them into the rocks and beasts of her island. She has bewitched Ruggiero, with whom she is in love. But Ruggiero’s fiance Bradamante sets off to retrieve her lover, disguising herself as a man by the name of Ricciardo. Playing the role of her invented persona, Bradamante lands on Alcina’s shores, where she manages to seduce Morgana, the sorceress’s sister. Except that Morgana is already promised to another man… Between wounded hearts, Alcina’s spells and wiley attempts to thwart the witch, will true love win the day?

 

Add-Ons & Special Experiences

Looking for more than a standard ticket to the show? To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose one of the following upgrated offers at the time of booking:

 

Private Dinner Cocktail + Champagne + Programme + Show (6 pers. minimum)

This package includes an exclusive private lounge, an assortment of 25 appetisers per person, champagne, wines and soft drinks.

 

Private Cocktail + Champagne + Programme + Show (6 pers. minimum)

This package includes an exclusive private lounge, an assortment of 10 appetisers per person, champagne and soft drinks.

 

Champagne + Programme + Exclusive Access to Salon Liebermann + Show

This package is available even after standard sales for the opera are closed. It includes a glass of champagne, a show programme, and exclusive access to the Palais Garnier's beautiful Salon Liebermann, reserved for primary ticket holders. A result of our official partnership with the Friends of Paris Opera Association, the package can only be purchased via the Theatre in Paris box office.

 

 

Health Pass Information

From July 21st, 2021, health pass is mandatory to attend events of more than 50 spectators (applies to all spectators of at least 18 years old until August 31st, and to all spectactors of at least 12 years old from September 1st, 2021).
We invite you to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the performance, as pass verification is likely to slightly increase access time to venues.

 

Access to performances will be authorised if the pass certifies:

  •   - either complete vaccination, with one of the vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen)
  •   - or a negative RT-PCR or antigen test less than 48 hours old
  •   - or a positive RT-PCR test confirming recovery from Covid-19, at least 11 days old and less than six months old

 

Health pass is in the form of a QR Code, to be presented on a mobile device or in printed version. Only QR Codes delivered in France or in a European country (EU Digital Covid Certificate) are valid.
Spectators living in France: the QR Code may be imported into the French ‘TousAntiCovid’ mobile application (with the function « Scan the QR Code »), or printed from the Ameli.fr French Social Security website. 

 

For more information, we recommend you to visit the French government website (https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/pass-sanitaire) or the European Union website (https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/safe-covid-19-vaccines-europeans/eu-digital-covid-certificate).

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Opéra Palais Garnier

Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris

One of the most prestigious stages in all of France, the Palais Garnier was constructed from 1860 to 1875, designed by legendary architect Charles Garnier, who was selected among a handful of talented architects in a fierce design competition. The building itself is considered a artful masterpiece, and was one of the most expensive construction projects to come from the Second French Empire under the reign of Napoléon III. The elaborate use of different materials to lend a lavish multicolored facade was typical of many of the works under the rule of Napoléon III, and features sculptures of various figures of Greek mythology. The official inauguration in 1875 was attended by the Mayor of London and Amsterdam, the King Alphonso XII of Spain, and hundreds of members from European high society.

 

The interior was meticulously designed with intertwining corridors, alcoves and landings to allow for easy movment of large numbers of people; complete with a grand marbled staircase and the grand foyer, acting as the drawing room for all of Paris high society and covered in gilded paintings. The auditorium itself is in a traditional Italian horseshoe shape, seating 1900. The stage is the largest in Europe and can accomodate 450 artists, revealed by the opening of the legendary painted curtain. Garnier himself designed the 7-tonne chandelier sparkling above the audience. In 1896, one of the many chandelier counterweights broke free and killed a concierge, the incident that inspired the scenes in the 1910 novel-turned-musical The Phantom of the Opera. The space above the audotorium in the copula dome was once used strictly for cleaning the chandelier, but has since been transformed into a space for opera and dance rehersals.

 

The legendary building was initially deemed the Academie Imperiale de Musique, yet with the fall of the Second Empire and the start of the Third Republic, this was aptly changed for the Academie Nationale de Musique, which we see written across the exterior facade to this day. Garnier envisioned his design and the transformation of the surrounding area, and to this day the opulence of the Second Empire lives on in this living monument. The avenue de l'Opéra remains the only large Parisian corridor without trees, as Garnier explicitly prevented Hausmann from adorning the street with trees, arguing that his Palais Garnier was to be the main focus. Palais Garnier became the official name in 1989 with the construction of the Opéra Bastille, and the venue now houses primarily ballets.

FAQ

Where will I be seated and will I see the subtitles clearly?

There are a maximum of four categories available, each of which provides a comfortable view of the subtitles. The subtitles are projected above and on the sides of the stage of the Opéra Bastille.

How do I get to the Opéra Palais Garnier?

The theatre is accessible by the metro station Opéra (Lines 3, 7, 8 and RER A). Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre weekdays from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.

What do I do when I get to the theatre?

We invite you to arrive 30 minutes before the beginning of the show, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats. Please note that the performances at the Palais Garnier begin precisely on time, and all late arrivals will not be permitted to enter the auditorium until intermission.

Is there a coat check available?

Free cloakrooms are available on various floors of the theatre. Travel bags and suitcase are not allowed.

Does the venue have a specific dress code?

For Parisian operas and ballets, the dress tends to be a bit fancier than in other venues, so feel free to have a little fun and dress to impress. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in casual chic attire. Generally, elegant casual wear is required, jackets are recommended for men. Shorts, Bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear and trainers are discouraged.

How long does the show last?

The opera Alcina lasts 3 hours and 40 minutes including two intermissions.

Can I take photos during the performance?

In order not to disturb the artists on stage, and for the comfort of other guests, you are not permitted to photograph, film or record the performance for the duration of the show. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the wonderful Opéra Palais Garnier to remember your night out!