Chasing Rainbows

Opéra Comique

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Opéra Comique
Place Boieldieu - 75002 Paris
Capacity 1200 seats


1 h 30

No intermission



For all audiences

No dialogue

Highlights: Chasing Rainbows

In an evening whimsically dubbed Chasing Rainbows, the extraordinarily talented Franco-Italian mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre, as joined by Thomas Dunford and the Ensemble Jupiter, will explore the repertoire of Hollywood royalty Julie Andrews - a legendary voice that evokes a dreamlike quality, rich with sweetness and melody. Join us at the Opéra Comique for an evening adorned with rainbows!

Story: Chasing Rainbows

Almost 70 years on from her grand acting debut, the sparkling legacy of the great Julie Andrews continues to shine.


As a gentle melody drifts through the air, it seizes and transports its audience into a world of dreams and imagination. Lea Desandre, dressed to the nines in a glittering gown, makes her spectacular entrance, radiating timeless grace and elegance.


The Ensemble Jupiter, created by lutenist Thomas Dunford, accompanies the mezzo-soprano in this tribute to the great British artist. The dulcet sweetness of the melodies, the beautiful timbre of the vocals, and the awe-inspiring control of the great orchestra coalesce in this wonderful hall, making for a uniquely charming concert that you won’t soon forget.


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Opéra Comique

Place Boieldieu - 75002 Paris

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: 1200
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air conditioning: No
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: Yes (free service)


How do I get to Opéra Comique in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris?

The Opéra Comique is accessible by:
Metro lines: The Opéra Comique is accessible by the Metro lines 3, 7, or 14, which run until the following Metro stations: Opéra, Quatre Septembre, Grands Boulevards.
RER subway lines:The Opéra Comique is accessible by taking the RER A to the station Auber.
Bus lines: The Opéra Comique is accessible by the bus lines 20, 27, 39, 48, 67, 74, 85, or 95, which run until the following stations: Le Peletier - Hausmann, Choiseul , Richelieu Drouot, Richelieu - 4 septembre.

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 the Opéra Comique?

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

Can I take photos during Chasing Rainbows?

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 Chasing Rainbows. 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!

How long does Chasing Rainbows last?

Chasing Rainbows lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission.

What does my ticket for Chasing Rainbows 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 35 minutes before the performance.

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.

Is there a coat check available 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.

Is tipping customary at the Opéra Comique?

Ushers at the Opéra Comique do not accept tips.

Is Chasing Rainbows for an international audience or French speakers?

Both of them! The Opéra Comique welcomes audiences from all over the world. The show, which pays tribute to Julie Andrews, is sung in English. However, music transcends language, and speakers of any language are invited to enjoy the beautiful melodies in the Opéra Comique's incredible auditorium.