Desmaret and Campra's Iphigénie en Tauride

Desmaret and Campra's Iphigénie en Tauride at theatre des champs elysees paris
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

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French surtitled in English (See the page)


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


2 h 45 min

With intermission


Concert opera

For all audiences

In French with surtitles in French and English

Highlights: Desmaret and Campra's Iphigénie en Tauride

Iphigenia, Pylades, Orestes, Thoas, Electra, Diana, and Triton... Hear the stories of the famous characters from Iphigénie en Tauride, a tragic opera by Henry Desmaret and André Campra.


While Henry Desmaret initiated the composition around 1696, it was later completed by André Campra. Campra’s influence prominently emerges in Act V and several of the opera's arias. This lesser-known and rarely performed masterpiece delves into the core of the tragedy of the valiant Iphigenia, burdened by the curse of the Atrides.


This concert rendition of the opera provides an occasion to explore an uncommon work at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, devoid of elaborate sets, staging, and costumes, thus unveiling the stage invitingly for the music. Observe conductor Hervé Niquet, a specialist in Baroque music, leading the orchestra and choir Le Concert Spirituel. And let's not overlook the great voices interpreting our tragic story’s characters: The eminent French soprano, Véronique Gens, portraying Iphigenia, Reinoud Van Mechelen as Pylades, and Tassis Christoyannis embodying Orestes. The tragic story of Iphigénie en Tauride transforms into audience delight, thanks to these accomplished performers.

Story: Desmaret and Campra's Iphigénie en Tauride

The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées never fails to bring the most esteemed music to the ears of amateurs and opera lovers alike.


On 9 January 2024, the theatre welcomes you into the tragic world of Greek mythology with Desmaret and Campra's beautiful opera, Iphigénie en Tauride. This tragic tale focuses on the Greek princess Iphigenia, who finds herself trapped in Tauris, where she serves as a priestess, haunted by visions of her past. As Iphigenia's fate intertwines with that of her long-lost brother Orestes, the opera explores themes of sacrifice, redemption, and family ties. With its rich musical backdrop, haunting melodies, and emotional depth, Iphigénie en Tauride takes audiences on an unforgettable journey of love, loyalty, and the quest for freedom.


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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 the show, though the theatre doors will open 30 minutes before the performance, except in exceptional circumstances. Show your ticket at the reception and the staff will take care of you.

Can I take photos during Iphigénie en Tauride?

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 Iphigénie en Tauride by Henry Desmaret and André Campra dure environ 2 heures et 45 minutes, avec entracte.. 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 Desmaret and Campra’s <i>Iphigénie en Tauride</i> last ?

Desmaret and Campra’s Iphigénie en Tauride lasts approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, 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 Desmaret and Campra's Iphigénie en Tauride 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. This opera performance is sung in its original French version with surtitles in both French and English, 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 Iphigénie en Tauride properly?

There are a maximum of four categories available for Desmaret and Campra's Iphigénie en Tauride . The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées has an Italian-style auditorium (i.e. in the shape of a horseshoe), and 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?

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées has two cloakrooms located on both the Orchestra level floor and the First Balcony floor. There is a €2 charge for this service. Large bags, suitcases, and musical instruments are not allowed inside the theatre.

Is tipping customary at the 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.