Concert Operas at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Until June 20, 2023
15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Capacity 1905 seats
Between 2 and 3 hours
For all audiences
Surtitled in French and English
Highlights: Concert Operas at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
A truly breathtaking 2023 season is in store for you at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. This fabled theatre, which is impossible to miss at 15 Avenue Montaigne, throws open its doors to invite us into a world of musical excellence, featuring timeless works by a procession of legendary composers! Contemporary talents take to the stage to deliver the works of none other than Donizetti, Handel, Wagner, Monteverdi, and Louise Bertin (one of the few female French composers of the 19th century). History’s finest musical works and well-known arias come alive on stage – the scores of selected operas are laid bare, without their accompanying dramatic performances, to allow you to fully appreciate the brilliance of these pieces.</p>
Story: Concert Operas at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Donizetti's teasing Fille du régiment, Wagner's bubbling Flying Dutchman, Louise Bertin's little-known Fausto, and Massenet's medieval fairy tale Grisélidis are all welcomed to the stage of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées for a series of stunning concerts, in which these operas are stripped bare and spectators are invited to enjoy their spectacular scores, without the accompanying performance. We won’t tell you too much – but perhaps the singers will help you choose! Here are a few names: Dame Felicity Lott in La Fille du régiment, James Rutherford in The Flying Dutchman, Rihab Chaieb in Le Couronnement de Poppée, Karine Deshayes in Fausto... but we don't want to tell you everything. We'll let you discover these operatic concerts for yourself! Opera and orchestra fans alike, don’t pass up this chance!
Tuesday, June 20th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Fausto by Louise Bertin (1831)
Opera in four acts
With Karine Deshayes (Fausto), Karina Gauvin (Margherita), Ante Jerkunica (Mefisto), Nico Darmanin (Valentino), Marie Gautrot (Catarina), Diana Axentii (Una strega / Marta), Thibault de Damas (Wagner / Un banditore), with Les Talens Lyriques under the direction of Christophe Rousset and the Flemish Radio Choir.
Opera sung in Italian, surtitled in French and English.
Tuesday, July 4th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Grisélidis by Jules Massenet (1891)
Lyrical tale in a prologue and three acts
With Vannina Santoni (Grisélidis), Frédéric Antoun (Alain), Thomas Dolié (Le Marquis), Tassis Christoyannis (Le Diable), Antoinette Dennefeld (Fiamina), Adèle Charvet (Bertrade), Thibault de Damas (Le Prieur), Adrien Fournaison (Gondebaud), with the Chœur et Orchestre de l’Opéra National Montpellier Occitanie under the direction of Jean-Marie Zeitouni.
Opera sung in French, surtitled in French and English.
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 in April 2, 1913, the structure is quite large comprising of 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
How do I get to Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement of Paris?
The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées is accessible by: Metro lines: The theatre is accessible by the Metro lines 1 and 9, which run until the following Metro stations: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Alma Marceau. Bus lines: The theatre is accessible by the bus lines 42, 63, 72, 80, 92 which run until the following bus station: Alma Marceau. Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.
What should I do when I arrive at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?
How long do the concert operas last at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?
Can I take photos during the concert operas?
Are these opera concerts for an international audience or French speakers?
Where will I be seated, and will I see the surtitles properly?
Does Théâtre des Champs-Élysées have a specific dress code?
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?
Is tipping customary at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?
Tips are not mandatory in many Parisian theatres. However, ushers will usually appreciate a small tip of between €2 and €5, which you can give them when they’ve shown you to your seat. Fun fact: the French word for “tip” is “pourboire”, which literally translates to “to have a drink”.