Until February 16, 2024
Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris
Capacity 1900 seats
4 h 10 min
For all audiences
In Italian with English and French surtitles
Highlights: Giulio Cesare
The ever-captivating Giulio Cesare is one of the few Handel operas to have been performed regularly throughout the 20th century. But what exactly about this opera seria makes it so successful? The answer - this timeless work, which sees the romantic triumph of the Queen of Egypt and the Emperor of Rome amidst the throes of political disarray, remains poignant throughout all periods of history.
The great French director, Laurent Pelly, plays on several historical levels, presenting a curated historical environment complete with toga-clad characters and humble workers. The Opéra Garnier has taken particular care with its production of Giulio Cesare, offering a particularly exceptional cast: the titular role of Caesar is lent to the incomparable Emily d'Angelo (yes, an unconventional mezzo-soprano voice to play the Emperor!). Lisette Oropesa and her light soprano tonality will give flesh to a great and indomitable Cleopatra. The impressive bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni plays a perfect Achilla, and Marianne Crebassa will play Sesto.
If you’re a fan of explosive vocal performances, don’t miss this astounding classic opera at the lustrous Palais Garnier. You will not be disappointed...
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Story: Giulio Cesare
A historical drama in three acts, based on the life of Julius Caesar and his tumultous relationship with Cleopatra, Giulio Cesare is an opera seria whose three acts consist of recitative interludes, interspersed with highly virtuosic arias that boast the extent of the singers’ exceptional abilities.
The plot takes place in Alexandria, Egypt, where Julius Caesar arrives after defeating Pompey. Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, falls in love with him. By declaring her commitment to Julius, she manipulates him into helping her triumph over her malicious brother, Ptolemy, who seeks to kill her and take the throne.
Cleopatra uses her charm to manipulate Caesar to her own ends, but ends up really falling in love with him. Caesar finally overcomes his enemies, and offers Cleopatra the crown of Egypt.
Love, betrayal, war, and politics are on the programme for these sensational evenings at the Opéra Garnier. The music, typical of Handel's baroque style, offers marvellous arias and dramatic recitatives. The popularity of this piece is largely due to Cleopatra's famous aria, “V'adoro pupille”, and other memorable arias such as “Da tempeste” and “Piangerò la sorte mia”. A beautifully constructed score, accompanied by a timeless tale of love and deception, awaits you…
Add-On & Premium Experience
Looking for more than a standard ticket to the show? To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose this following upgraded offers at the time of booking:
Champagne + Programme + Exclusive Access to Salon Liebermann + Show
Elevate your evening with our exclusive package, available even after standard ticket sales have closed. With this premium option, relish a glass of champagne, receive a show program, and enjoy privileged access to the Opéra Palais Garnier's opulent Salon Libermann—a private space adjoining the Grand Foyer, offering breathtaking views of Place and Avenue de l'Opéra and exclusively reserved for primary ticket holders.
This sought-after package remains available after standard ticket sales have concluded. Secure your spot through the Theatre in Paris box office, thanks to our official partnership with the Friends of Paris Opera Association.
Opéra Palais Garnier
Opéra Palais Garnier
One of the most prestigious stages in all of France, the Palais Garnier was constructed between 1860 and 1875, designed by legendary architect Charles Garnier, who was selected among a handful of talented architects in a fierce design competition. The building itself is considered an artful masterpiece, and was one of the most expensive construction projects to come from the Second French Empire under the reign of Napoléon III. The elaborate use of different materials to lend a lavish multicolored facade was typical of many of the works under the rule of Napoléon III, and features sculptures of various figures of Greek mythology. The official inauguration in 1875 was attended by the Mayor of London and Amsterdam, the King Alphonso XII of Spain, and hundreds of members from European high society.
The interior was meticulously designed with intertwining corridors, alcoves and landings to allow for easy movement of large numbers of people; complete with a grand marble staircase and the grand foyer, acting as the drawing room for all of Paris high society and covered in gilded paintings. The auditorium itself is in a traditional Italian horseshoe shape, seating 1900. The stage is the largest in Europe and can accommodate 450 artists, revealed by the opening of the legendary painted curtain. Garnier himself designed the 7-tonne chandelier sparkling above the audience. In 1896, one of the many chandelier counterweights broke free and killed a concierge, the incident that inspired the scenes in the 1910 novel-turned-musical The Phantom of the Opera. The space above the auditorium in the copula dome was once used strictly for cleaning the chandelier, but has since been transformed into a space for opera and dance rehearsals.
The legendary building was initially deemed the Academie Impériale de Musique, yet with the fall of the Second Empire and the start of the Third Republic, this was aptly changed for the Academie Nationale de Musique, which we see written across the exterior facade to this day. Garnier envisioned his design and the transformation of the surrounding area, and to this day the opulence of the Second Empire lives on in this living monument. The avenue de l'Opéra remains the only large Parisian corridor without trees, as Garnier explicitly prevented Haussmann from adorning the street with trees, arguing that his Palais Garnier was to be the main focus. Palais Garnier became the official name in 1989 with the construction of the Opéra Bastille, and the venue now houses primarily ballets.
Fast facts Capacity: 1979 Handicap Accessible: Yes – in order to guarantee access to specific locations, we ask that you make your reservation at least 15 days before the performance. Air conditioning: Yes Heating: Yes
How do I get to the Opera Palais Garnier in the 9th arrondissement of Paris?
The Opera Palais Garnier is accessible by: Metro lines: The Opera Palais Garnier can be reached by metro lines 3, 7, 8, and 9 which run until the metro stations Opéra and Chaussée d'Antin — La Fayette. RER subway lines: The Opera Palais Garnier is accessible by taking the RER A to the station Auber. Bus lines: The Opera Palais Garnier is accessible by the bus lines 21, 45, 68, which run until the station Opéra.
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What do I do when I get to the Palais Garnier?
How long does the performance of Giulio Cesare last?
What is included with my Premium ticket for Giulio Cesare?
If I purchased Premium tickets, where can I collect my programme and my glass of champagne ?
At the Palais Garnier, you can collect your included show programme for Giulio Cesare in the main store, at the programme stand in the entry hall, or at the programme stand at the bottom of the Grand Staircase. You can choose to enjoy your champagne or desired beverage before the performance or during intermission at any of the public bars or in the exclusive Salon Liebermann. The Salon is located on the right-hand side of the Grand Foyer, behind the fireplace.
Is Giulio Cesare for an international audience or French speakers?
Where will I be seated, and will I see the subtitles for Giulio Cesare properly?
Is there a dress code at the Palais Garnier in Paris?
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. For Parisian operas and ballets, the dress code tends to be a bit fancier than in other venues, so feel free to have a little fun and dress to impress. Generally, elegant casual wear is required, and jackets are recommended for men. Shorts, bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear and trainers are discouraged.
Is there a coat check available at the Palais Garnier?
Is tipping customary at Palais Garnier in Paris?
At the Palais Garnier, it is customary not to tip ushers.
If I'm late, will I still be allowed into the show?
The theatre doors are closed as soon as the curtain rises. Theatre doors close 15 minutes after the start of the performance and reopen at intermission if the performance includes one.
If you arrive within 15 minutes after the start of the performance, you will not be allowed to enter the theatre and will be directed to an area with a television where you can watch the first part of the show. You will be able to return to your seats during the intermission if the performance includes one.
I bought Premium tickets for Giulio Cesare and I haven’t received them yet. Is this normal?
Yes, it’s completely normal! As the Premium tickets for Giulio Cesare include exclusive add-ons, your order will first be created as a pre-booking so the Paris Opera can assign your seats and prepare your exclusive package. You may see a pre-charge on your card, but you can rest assured that we will not charge your card until the booking is validated by the Paris Opera. After the tickets are validated, you will receive your tickets by email. Given the large number of requests the Paris Opera has to manage, this process usually takes two days, but can take up to six days maximum. If your order has not been validated after six days, it will be cancelled, the pre-charge will disappear, and you will not be charged.
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 Palais Garnier in Paris, 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.
If there are no available adjacent seating arrangements, our customer service team will contact you before the booking is confirmed.