Boris Godounov au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Boris Godounov at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

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Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Capacity 1905 seats


1 h 50 min

Without intermission



For all audiences

In Russian with English and French surtitles

Highlights: Boris Godounov au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

A touch of Shakespeare, a deluge of Russian music! Based on Pushkin's historical drama, Modest Mussorgsky's opera Boris Godunov is considered one of the most significant works in the Russian repertoire. In four acts and a prologue, Mussorgsky tells the tragic story of Tsar Boris Godunov and his tumultuous reign.
Mussorgsky's innovative approach to composition shines through in Boris Godunov with its musical realism and candid language, witnessed in memorable melodies and powerful choruses. Mussorgsky creates a dark and tragic atmosphere using modal harmonies and traditional Russian rhythms.


Though revised in 1872 by Rimsky-Korsakov, Modest Mussorgsky's 1869 version is considered more authentic, as it reflects the composer's original vision. Modest Mussorgsky's version of Boris Godunov places greater emphasis on the character of Boris, with poignant arias to display and inside look on Boris as well as powerful choral scenes.
Whatever the version, this opera’s exploration of power, guilt, and the human condition make it a perpetually pertinent composition to audiences everywhere.


To embody the imposing Boris Godunov and his madness, violence, and remorse, a colossal talent is needed. Théâtre des Champs-Élysées has invited the Belarusian bass Alexander Roslavets  to tackle the lead role, showing the prowess of his art.
Never heard of the great Russian Tsar? Discover its nuances at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées with Boris Godunov, a true Russian masterpiece.

Story: Boris Godounov au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Boris Godunov is the tragic story of the eponymous Tsar and his reign in 16th-century Russia. After the death of Fedor Ivanovich, Boris is chosen to become Tsar, but he is haunted by the rumours of allegedly orchestrating the murder of the young heir, Dimitri. Plagued by political unrest and famine, Boris struggles to fend off rival suitors while maintaining his power.


The plot unfolds against a backdrop of conspiracy and political intrigue, where ambitions for the throne are mischievously intertwined. Boris is tormented by guilt and madness, while the Russian people suffer under the consequences of his rule.

The story of Boris Godunov is a psychological drama that reveals the devastating consequences of political ambition and the burden of responsibility. The music of this great Russian opera composer will haunt the halls of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and fascinate you with profound portrayal of Russian history.


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Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris

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. 

Fast facts
Capacity: 1,905
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air conditioning: No
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: Yes (paid service)


How do I get to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement of Paris?

The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées is accessible by:
Metro lines: The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées can be reached by metro lines 1 and 9 at the metro stations Franklin D. Roosevelt and Alma Marceau.
RER subway lines: The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées is accessible by RER C which runs to the station Pont de l’Alma.
Bus lines: The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées is accessible by the bus lines 42, 63, 72, 80 and 92, which stop at the stations Pierre Charron - François 1ᵉʳ and George V.
In case of difficulty, our hotline can be reached during our business hours. Please see the footer of this page for our contact details.

What do I do when I get to Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?

We recommend that you arrive at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées at least 15 minutes before the start of Boris Godunov The theatre doors will open 30 minutes before the performance, except in exceptional circumstances. Show your ticket at the reception and the staff will take care of you.

Can I take photos during Boris Godunov?

In order to not 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 Boris Godunov. However, you can take photos of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées before and after the performance as a souvenir of your gorgeous Parisian evening!

How long does Boris Godunov last?

Boris Godunov at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées lasts approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, without intermission.

Is Boris Godunov for an international audience or French speakers?

Both! The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées has been welcoming audiences from all over the world for 30 years. This opera performance is sung in its original Russian version, with surtitles in both French and English provided for audiences to appreciate this piece in one of France’s most iconic venues.

Where will I be seated, and will I see the surtitles for Boris Godunov properly?

There are a maximum of four categories available for Boris Godunov. The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées has an Italian-style auditorium (i.e. in the shape of a horseshoe), and screens for the surtitles are on both sides of the stage. Seats in categories 1, 2 and 3 give a good view of the stage and the surtitles. Category 4 offers reduced visibility.

Is there a dress code at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?

There is no specific dress code, but proper attire is appreciated. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in business casual or chic attire.

Is there a coat check available at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées has two cloakrooms located on both the Orchestra level floor and the First Balcony floor. There is a €2 charge for this service. Large bags, suitcases, and musical instruments are not allowed inside the theatre.

Is tipping customary at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?

Tips are not allowed at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

If I'm late, will I still be allowed into Boris Godunov?

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.


For shows at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the seats are assigned in odd numbers or even numbers. Therefore, if your tickets are consecutive odd numbers or even numbers (For example: 1, 3, 5,…), they will be adjacent.