Armide at the Opéra Comique

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Opéra Comique

Until November 28, 2022

French surtitled in French & English

Location

Opéra Comique
Place Boieldieu - 75002 Paris
Capacity 1200 seats

Duration

3h30min

With intermission


Details

Opera

For all audiences

In French subtitled in French and English


Highlights

In 1775, Christoph Willibald Gluck chose Lully's beautiful and famous French opera Armide, based on a libretto by Philippe Quinault and Tasso, to demonstrate his delicately wielded skills in music and above all, opera. He took up all the traditions of grand opera with newer technologies that made the staging effects spectacular and included interludes and ballets to enhance the action! In this version of Armide, Gluck skillfully used pieces from his earlier operas such as Paride ed Elena, Arsace, and Telemacco, nell'isola di Circè. Even Marie-Antoinette herself saw the triumph of her protégé live!

Story

The opera Armide, drawing heavily from Lully's version, is undoubtedly a striking opera by the great German composer Christoph Willibald Gluck that will prove that one does not need to come from a musical family to be remembered as one of the greats. An absolute reformer of opera, Gluck strove to emphasize dramatic expression without neglecting the beauty and importance of the voice. The fabulous and bewitching story of Armide plunges us into a marvelous Orient and draws us into a love story with many twists and turns between Queen Armide and the valiant Renaud. What could be more intense than the voice of the beautiful French soprano Véronique Gens to sublimate the passions and embody the bewitching Armide?

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Opéra Comique

Place Boieldieu - 75002 Paris

History and Fun Facts about the Opéra Comique

If you take a walk in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, you will be delighted to discover in the small, quaint Place Boieldieu, a superb building of beautiful proportions topped by six caryatids: the Opéra Comique, a theatre house in Paris, which celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2015. You will be surprised to learn that this gold and red auditorium, also known as Salle Favart, is considered the first modern theatre in France because it was the first to be designed with fully electric equipment for both public and stage lighting.


That doesn’t rest as the only surprise… Despite its name, the Opéra Comique doesn’t only perform comic operas, a particular kind of musical show that mixes sung arias with spoken theatre (the ancestor of the musical), but a wide range of operas as well! It was in this venue that works that are now internationally known were created, such as Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust, Delibes's Lakmé, Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande... but also Massenet's Manon and Bizet's Carmen! This hall has welcomed the finest composers and never ceased to welcome works from the contemporary repertoire. Viva la musica! Viva l'opera!


Fast facts
Capacity: 1,200 seats
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air conditioning: No
Chauffage: Yes

FAQ

How do I get to the Opéra Comique?

The Opéra Comique is accessible by metro lines 3, 7, 8, 9 and the nearest stations are Opéra, Quatre Septembre, Grands Boulevards, Auber, or by RER A. It is also possible to get to the Opéra Comique by bus lines 20, 32, 39, 29, 45, 74, 89. In case of difficulty finding the venue, our customer service department can be contacted from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday. For more information, please consult the map above.

What do I do when I get to the Opéra Comique?

We invite you to arrive 45 minutes before the beginning of Armide, and present your voucher at the front desk. The Opéra Comique’s English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.

What does my ticket to Armide entitle me to?

With the purchase of a ticket, you can attend a presentation that will give you access to the "keys to the show" and the possibility of singing in the rotunda under the direction of a professional conductor. This presentation takes place 45 minutes before the performance of Armide.

Is Armide for travellers or French people?

Both! The Opéra Comique has been welcoming audiences from all over the world for 300 years. This legendary opera performance is sung in its original French, and subtitles in both French and English are provided for audiences to appreciate in one of France’s most iconic venues.

Is there a specific dress code at the Opéra Comique?

No, there is no specific dress code at the Opéra Comique, however, proper attire is always appreciated.

What to do if I am late?

The doors are closed as soon as the curtain rises. Access may be refused or subject to certain conditions.

Can I take photos during the performance of Armide?

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 Armide. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the Opéra Comique to remember your night out!

Is tipping customary at the Opéra Comique?

Ushers at the Opéra Comique do not accept tips.

Subtitles or “surtitles”?

Surtitles (also called supertitles) are the theatre equivalent of subtitles. That’s because in French “sur” means “above”. For the showing of Armide, the text is projected both on the sides of the auditorium, and centrally directly above the stage.

Is there a coat room at the Opéra Comique?

A free cloakroom is available in the entrance hall of the theatre. The Opéra Comique does not accept means of transport such as skates or folding bikes. For security reasons, travel bags and suitcases are not allowed.

Covid-19 Information

Specific measures and obligations may apply to this show. Before making your reservation, please check the updated information on our Covid-19 page: https://www.theatreinparis.com/en/page/covid-19