Der Rosenkavalier at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Directed by Krzysztof Warlikoswski
Der Rosenkavalier at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Until June 5, 2025

Other languages with surtitles


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


3 h 20 min

With intermission



For all audiences

In German with French and English surtitles


Refined music, accompanied by a healthy dose of humour… we invite you to discover Der Rosenkavalier from the opulent luxury of the one and only Théâtre des Champs-Élysées’ magnificent pink and gold auditorium.


Der Rosenkavalier is an opera in three acts by Richard Strauss, featuring a libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Having premiered in 1911, this virtuosic piece is distinguished by the innate poetry and delicacy of its music. When crafting this delicate score, the composer drew inspiration from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro by thickening the orchestral mass and giving free rein to lyrical expression.


Allow yourself to be plunged into the fantastical setting of imperial Vienna, and revel in the opera’s masterful blend of comedy and fictional tradition as the narrative intrigue brings us to the intriguing Princess von Werdenberg.


Strauss's music is remarkably rich and inventive, perfectly reflecting the mysterious atmosphere of the opera. Viennese waltzes, languorous arias, grandiose choruses, and intricate passages reflecting great psychological finesse follow one another to create a score composed of successive excellence.


Der Rosenkavalier is distinguished by the infinite delicacy with which it tackles worldly themes such as love, the passage of time, illusion, and the loss of a loved one. The psychological intrigue of the characters and the depth of the musicality make this opera a true masterpiece of 12th century German opera.


To complement this great classic, an appropriately talented roster of artists have been employed to take on this epic tale. Marlis Petersen features as the Marschallin, Marina Viotti as Octavian, Peter Rose as Baron Ochs von Lerchenau, and Jean-Sébastien Bou as Herr von Faninal.


The staging promises to be captivating, given that it left in the immaculate care of the great Krzysztof Warlikoswski. A grand coalescence of contemporary talents and classical narratology awaits you at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées… You won’t want to miss it!


Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier is designed to dazzle. Strauss’s precise score and von Hofmannsthal’s captivating libretto immerse us in a story-world where humour, wit, and tenderness vie for our greatest pleasure.


The scene is set: Vienna, 18th century. As the Marschallin wakes up after a night of passion with her young lover Octavian, her cousin Baron Ochs von Lerchenau enters the room to announce his marriage to the beautiful Sophie. According to tradition (the brainchild of Hugo von Hofmannsthal, the librettist), he must commission a knight to present a silver rose to his beloved, and as such he entrusts this task to Octavian. However, whilst the gentleman is carrying out his duty, he falls under the spell of the Baron's betrothed. Entranced and bewitched, he then devises a stratagem to trap his rival…


Let yourself be lulled by La Maréchale's great monologue in the first act, fall in love with the intoxicatingly crystal-clear music that marks the presentation of the rose, and succumb to the famous final trio, the pinnacle of Strauss's work.


The beauty of the music and the intelligence of the dialogue are sure to leave you with a new favourite in the classical German operatic repertoire.
Book now! Where better to enjoy Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier than from within the hair-raisingly opulent Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?


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Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris

History and Fun Facts about the 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 Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement of Paris?

The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées is accessible by:
Metro: Line 1 (station Franklin D. Roosevelt), line 9 (station Franklin D. Roosevelt and Alma Marceau)
RER: Line C (station Pont de l’Alma)
Address: 15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
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 invite you to arrive 20 minutes before the beginning of Der Rosenkavalier, and present your voucher at the front desk. Théâtre des Champs-Élysées’s English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.
The auditorium doors close as soon as the performance of Der Rosenkavalier begins. The first latecomers are placed in late boxes with a limited number of seats.
Those who arrive later will have to wait for the interval (if there is one), watching the broadcast of the performance on screens located around the perimeter of the Orchestra, in order to get back to their seats.

How long does the opera, Der Rosenkavalier, last?

The opera Der Rosenkavalier at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées lasts approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes, with intermission.

Is Der Rosenkavalier 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. The opera, Der Rosenkavalier, is sung in its original German version. Surtitles are provided in both French and English so that international audiences can appreciate this opera in this incredible Parisian venue.

Can I choose my seat when booking?

No, unfortunately it is not possible to choose your seat when booking for Der Rosenkavalier. However, you can choose the category and we will allocate you the best seats in the chosen category!
Please note that 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.
You can find the seating plan in the theatre’s "photo" section on this page.
If there are no available adjacent seating arrangements, our customer service team will contact you before the booking is confirmed.

Where will I be seated, and will I see the surtitles* properly?

At Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, there are a maximum of four categories available for Elektra. The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées has an Italian-style auditorium, i.e. in the shape of a horseshoe. The surtitles are projected 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, on the other hand, offers reduced visibility.
You can find the seating plan in the theatre’s "photo" section on this page.
*Surtitles (also called supertitles) are the theatre equivalent of subtitles. That’s because in French “sur” means “above”. At Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the text is projected on the sides of the auditorium.

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

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