Handel's Tolomeo at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Starring Franco Fagioli and Giulia Semenzato
Handel's Tolomeo at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées paris tickets
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Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Capacity 1905 seats


3 hours

With intermission



Concert opera

For all audiences

In Italian with English and French surtitles

Highlights: Handel's Tolomeo at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

You're probably wondering which theatre in Paris specializes in works by Haendel. We can give you the answer straight away! It's the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, of course! Every season brings its share of works by Caro Sassone with internationally renowned performers.


Tolomeo was first performed on 30th April 1728 at the King's Theatre in London. The music of Tolomeo is typical of the Italian Baroque style of classical music, showcasing virtuoso arias, expressive recitatives, and magnificently orchestrated ensembles. Haendel skilfully uses the music to illustrate the intense emotions of the characters and the dramatic tensions of the plot.


In the role of Tolomeo, the great countertenor Franco Fagioli, in that of Seleuce, the soprano Giulia Semenzato. A trip to Egypt from the comfort of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées is a dream come true.

Story: Handel's Tolomeo at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

The story of Tolomeo is set in Ancient Egypt and follows Tolomeo, the son of a deposed king, who is forced to marry Seleuce, who is already married to his brother Araspe. Tolomeo discovers that he is loved by Seleuce but is in conflict with his brother Alessandro, who covets the throne of Egypt. Finally, Tolomeo renounces his rights and frees Seleuce so that she can be with the man she truly loves.


The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, faithful to its tradition of Haendel's operas, brings us a little-performed opera by Caro Sassone to our great delight.


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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-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.

What do I do when I get to Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?

We recommend that you arrive at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées at least 15 minutes before the start of Tolomeo. The theatre’s doors open 30 minutes before the start of Handel's Tolomeo, except in exceptional circumstances. Show your ticket at the reception and the staff will take care of you.

Can I take photos during the opera, Tolomeo?

In order not to disturb the artists on stage, and for the comfort of other guests, you are not permitted to photograph, film, or record the performance for the duration of Handel's Tolomeo. However, you can take photos of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées before and after the performance as a souvenir of your gorgeous Parisian evening!

How long does the opera Tolomeo last?

Handel's Tolomeo lasts approximately 3 hours, with intermission.

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

No, there is no particular dress code. However, it is always recommended to wear proper attire. Parisians typically attend a concert after work and will wear business casual-style clothing.

Is Tolomeo 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. Tolomeo is sung in its original Italian version, and surtitles in both French and English, are provided for audiences to appreciate this piece in one of France’s most iconic venues.

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

There are a maximum of four categories available for Tolomeo. The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées has an Italian-style auditorium, i.e. in the shape of a horseshoe. The surtitles are 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.

Is there a coat check available at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?

Yes, you can leave your belongings in the cloakrooms located on different levels: one around the Orchestra and one on the 1st Balcony. A fee of €2 applies for this service. Large bags, suitcases, and musical instruments are not allowed inside the théâtre.

Is tipping customary at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?

Tips are not allowed 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.