Handel's Berenice at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Capacity 1905 seats
3 h 10 min
For all audiences
In Italian with French and English surtitles
Highlights: Handel's Berenice at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
You are passionate about the music of Caro Sassone, in other words, passionate about Handel's music, and you would like to discover an opera that is rarely performed in an atmosphere conducive to appreciating this music. You've come to the right place! We invite you to discover Handel's Berenice in concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, which is the theatre in the world that has given the largest number of performances of the composer's works on stage or in concert.
Berenice is a captivating work that premiered in 1737 and showcases Handel's music, which is rich in melodies and harmonies that perfectly illustrate the emotions of the characters. The recitatives are skilfully used to advance the plot and bring the dialogue to life.
Who better than Sandrine Piau, with her beautiful soprano voice, to play the ardent Berenice? She will be joined by mezzo-sopranos Ann Hallenberg as Sélène and Ambroisine Bré as Alessandro. To top it all off, the Il Pomo d'Oro orchestra will be putting all their talent into playing the music of Caro Sassone.
Story: Handel's Berenice at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
How good it is to follow an opera with a happy ending! How good it is to savour Handel's music in the beautiful gold auditorium of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées! Love, betrayal, duty, and forgiveness... The feelings are more or less the same as in a good TV series, but the sumptuous music and experience will stay with you through life!
As for the story, you'll be plunged into Egypt around 80 BC. Queen Berenice is in love with Demetrius, a prince of Macedonia. However, Demetrius is told that he must form an alliance with Rome through marriage in the interests of his country. Despite his personal feelings, he reluctantly accepts the decision... Unfortunately for Selene, Berenice's sister, she is madly in love with Demetrius.
The Roman ambassador, Fabio, introduces the queen to the man chosen to be her husband, Prince Alexander of Rome, of whom immediately falls in love with Berenice. Problems come to light when he notices that she is not impressed by him and resents being forced into marriage.
Tensions rise when Rome continues to push Alexander to marry Selene, now that Berenice has rejected him. Berenice argues that this is impossible because Selene is betrothed to Arbace, which would risk provoking a war with Rome.
We won’t spoil too much, but a happy ending awaits! The story ends when the characters find a solution, leaving the audience both relieved and amazed by the show of human grace.
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 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.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air conditioning: No
How do I get to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement of Paris?
The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées is accessible by: Metro lines: The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées can be reached by metro lines 1 and 9 at the metro stations Franklin D. Roosevelt and Alma Marceau. RER subway lines: The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées is accessible by RER C which runs to the station Pont de l’Alma. Bus lines: The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées is accessible by the bus lines 42, 63, 72, 80 and 92, which stop at the stations Pierre Charron - François 1ᵉʳ and George V. In case of difficulty, our hotline can be reached during our business hours. Please see the footer of this page for our contact details.
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Is Berenice for an international audience or French speakers?
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Is tipping customary at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?
Tips are not accepted at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.
If I'm late, will I still be allowed into the show?
This depends on the delay. The auditorium doors close as soon as the performance begins. The first latecomers are placed in late boxes with a limited number of seats.
Those who arrive later will be allowed to watch the performance from the screens located outside of the auditorium, around the perimeter of the Orchestra and will be allowed to their seats during the intermission (if there is one).
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 Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, 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.