Handel's Rinaldo at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Until February 2, 2024
15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Capacity 1905 seats
2 h 40 min
Concert version opera
For all audiences
Highlights: Handel's Rinaldo at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
The allure of George Friedric Handel's operas and oratorios are undeniably enchanting, particularly his 1711 masterpiece Rinaldo.
Set against the backdrop of the Crusades, the narrative unfolds around the exploits of the Christian knight, Rinaldo. Celebrated for its virtuosic arias, this opera is especially renowned for its vibrant cadence, opulent orchestration, and emotive arias, including the iconic "Lascia ch'io pianga".
Rinaldo was met with immediate acclaim and endures as one of the composer's most cherished operas. Handel's music emanates exuberance, passion, and expressiveness, embodying the depth of his artistry. Themes of love, loyalty, betrayal, and the eternal conflict between good and evil flow throughout this work.
A gem within the Baroque repertoire, Rinaldo continues to captivate global audiences with music that transcends time. This concert rendition at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées holds particular promise, showcasing the talents of extraordinary countertenor Carlo Vistoli as Rinaldo, while Hungarian soprano Emöke Baráth takes on the role of Armida. Chiara Skerath graces the stage as Almirena, Rinaldo's beloved, and mezzo-soprano Lucile Richardot lends her voice to King Goffredo. An evening of exceptional artistry awaits.
Story: Handel's Rinaldo at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Rinaldo tells the story of the Christian knight Rinaldo during the Crusades. He falls in love with Almirena, the daughter of King Goffredo. However, Almirena is kidnapped by the evil sorcerer Argante, who holds her prisoner. Rinaldo, determined to save her, embarks on a perilous journey. He is guided by the sorceress Armida, who falls in love with him and tries to seduce him away from his quest. Rinaldo remains faithful to his love for Almirena and finally manages to save her from Argante's clutches. The opera explores themes such as love, loyalty, temptation, and the victory of good over evil.
With its virtuoso music and haunting melodies, Rinaldo captivates listeners with its thrilling plot and moments of intense emotion.
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
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What do I do when I get to Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?
Can I take photos during Rinaldo?
How long does Rinaldo last?
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Is Rinaldo for an international audience or French speakers?
Where will I be seated, and will I see the surtitles for Rinaldo properly?
Is there a coat check available at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?
Is tipping customary at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?
Tips are not allowed 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.