L’amour à la française
Place Boieldieu - 75002 Paris
Capacity 1200 seats
For all audiences
Highlights: L’amour à la française
Join us for L’amour à la française at the Opéra Comique. Organised to showcase the greatest of French lyrical masterpieces and to delight audiences with exquisite performances, these evenings are spectacular events dedicated to the celebration of love in French art and music. During these merry evenings, the Académie’s exceptionally talented youth will offer you beloved operatic and musical works, each of which featuring passionate love stories. Masters of operetta such as Lecocq, Hervé, Offenbach, Audran, and a host of others will be honoured in this excellent ode to classical love.
Story: L’amour à la française
For a collection of captivating evenings, discover talented artists including opera singers from Paris’ prestigious Académie and distinguished conductors, all dedicated to L’amour à la française – meaning ‘love in the French way’.
Sumptuous sets and meticulously-crafted costumes transport the audience into the romantic world of classical French operetta. A celebration of love and the operatic art-form – both presented in the classically ‘French’ way – the L’amour à la française evenings are a golden opportunity to discover the depth of French culture and passion through exceptional performances, showcasing the most timeless works in the operatic repertoire.
A great delight for all music lovers!
Louiguy: « La vie en rose », for solo piano
Messager: "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" (Love is a rebellious bird) performed by Julia
Hahn: "Ô mon bel inconnu", trio from the operetta Ô mon bel inconnu transformed into quartet from Passionnément
Varney: "En ce bas monde, toute femme me plaît" (In this world, any woman pleases me) from L'amour mouillé performed by Carlo
Varney: Duet transformed into a quintet, "Je ne vous dis que ça Lily", otherwise known as "Capédiou" from Miss Robinson
Messager: "Vous êtes une femmelette" (You are a sissy) from Le bourgeois de Calais
De Rillé: Duet, "L'amour ? qu'est-ce donc que l'amour ?..." from Le petit poucet
Toulmouche: "Le Flirt" from La Saint-Valentin performed by Maud
Messager: "J'ai deux amants, c'est beaucoup mieux" (I have two lovers, it's much better) from L'amour masqué
Offenbach: Aria by Gabrielle, "Je suis veuve d'un colonel" (I am the widow of a colonel) from La vie parisienne
Hahn: Duet, "Mais... vous m'avez pincé le derrière !" (But… You pinched my bottom!) from Ô mon bel inconnu
Audran: "On a, dit-on, chacun sa destinée" (We all have our own destiny, they say) from Les petites femmes performed by Cécile
Offenbach: Aria from La Périchole, "Tu n'es pas beau, tu n'es pas riche" (You’re not beautiful, you’re not rich), in other words "Je t'adore, brigand"
Hervé: "Depuis la naissance du monde", otherwise known as "Cherchez la femme" (Look for the woman) from La mère des compagnons, performed by Gaston.
Hahn: "C'est très vilain, d'être infidèle" (It's very naughty to be unfaithful) from Ô mon bel inconnu
Massenet: Nocturne duet, "Aux cœurs les plus troublés, la nature sourit" (To the most troubled hearts, nature smiles) from Don César de Bazan
Offenbach: “Barcarolle”, without prelude, duet then tutti, "Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour" (Beautiful night, night of love) from Les contes d'Hoffmann
If you take a walk in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, you will be delighted to discover in the small, quaint Place Boieldieu, a superb building of beautiful proportions topped by six caryatids: the Opéra Comique, a theatre house in Paris, which celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2015. You will be surprised to learn that this gold and red auditorium, also known as Salle Favart, is considered the first modern theatre in France because it was the first to be designed with fully electric equipment for both public and stage lighting.
That doesn’t rest as the only surprise… Despite its name, the Opéra Comique doesn’t only perform comic operas, a particular kind of musical show that mixes sung arias with spoken theatre (the ancestor of the musical), but a wide range of operas as well! It was in this venue that works that are now internationally known were created, such as Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust, Delibes's Lakmé, Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande... but also Massenet's Manon and Bizet's Carmen! This hall has welcomed the finest composers and never ceased to welcome works from the contemporary repertoire. Viva la musica! Viva l'opera!
Fast facts Capacity: 1,200 seats Handicap Accessible: Yes Air conditioning: No Chauffage: Yes
How do I get to Opéra Comique in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris?
The Opéra Comique is accessible by: Metro lines: The Opéra Comique is accessible by the Metro lines 3, 7, or 14, exiting at the following Metro stations: Opéra, Quatre Septembre, Grands Boulevards. RER subway lines:The Opéra Comique is accessible by taking the RER A to the station Auber. Bus lines: The Opéra Comique is accessible by the bus lines 20, 27, 39, 48, 67, 74, 85, or 95, exiting at the following stations: Le Peletier - Hausmann, Choiseul, Richelieu Drouot, Richelieu - 4 septembre. If you have any trouble getting to the theatre, our customer service can be reached from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.