Eugene Onegin

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

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


2 hours 30 minutes 

With an intermission



Recommended for all ages

In Russian with English and French surtitles

Highlights: Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin is up there with Tchaikovsky’s most famous and best loved operas. The Russian maestro drew inspiration from the most powerful moments in Pushkin’s novel, creating a work that he described as “lyrical scenes”. In the three acts of this romantic opera, poignant refrains and tender melodies bring out the sadness of the characters as they dwell on a past they are unable to rewrite. Stéphane Braunschweig directs this intimate opera, aided by the talented Karina Canellakis as conductor. The stunning voices of Gelena Gaskarova, Jean-Sébastien Bou, Jean-François Borras and Mireille Delunsch will enchant audiences in the spectacular auditorium of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

Story: Eugene Onegin

This sumptuous opera is set at the end of the 18th century in the St Petersburg countryside, at the residence of Madame Larina. Her eldest daughter Tatiana is a hopeless romantic, while Olga, her more outgoing younger daughter, is engaged to a poet named Lensky. Lensky arrives at the house accompanied by a dandy, Eugene Onegin. Tatiana immediately falls for Onegin, but he responds coldly to her declaration of love. At a ball, Onegin tries to provoke Tatiana by flirting with her sister, inevitably driving Lensky mad with jealousy. The two men go head to head in a duel and Onegin ends up killing his hot-headed friend.

Years later, he encounters Tatiana again. Despite having so cruelly spurned her in the past, he realises he is now deeply in love with her. Too late… Onegin is doomed to remain a prisoner of his own pain and loneliness.


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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 the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées?

The Champs-Elysées theatre is accessible by metro line 9 at Alma-Marceau station and metro line 1 at Franklin-Roosevelt station. The Theatre is also accessible by RER C at Pont de l'Alma station. The Theatre is accessible by bus via lines 42, 63, 72, 80 and 92. Our customer service is available in case of difficulty from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday. For more information, please see the map above.

What should I do when I arrive there?

We recommend that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the show. Show your ticket at reception and the staff will take care of you.

Is there a dress code?

No, there is no specific dress code, however, proper attire is always appreciated.

How long does the show last?

The opera Eugene Onegin lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes including one interval.

Can I take pictures during the performance?

In order not to disturb the artists and for the comfort of other spectators, it is forbidden to take pictures during the performance. However, you can take photos of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées before and after the performance, as a souvenir of your gorgeous Parisian evening!

Is it mandatory to tip an usher?

Each spectator is greeted in the hall by an usher who will lead them to the seat. According to custom at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, ushers may request a tip which you may grant if you wish. It is by no means mandatory.