La Sonnambula

la sonnambula opera bellini versailles
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Until June 26, 2021

Italian with English & French subtitles

Location

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

Duration

2 hours 15 minutes
With one intermission


Details

Opera
Recommended for all ages
In Italian with French and English surtitles


Highlights

Created a few months before Norma, La Sonnambula reached its success throughout the 19th century. Composer Bellini, in collaboration with librettist and poet Felice Romani, examines a subject that fascinated the Romantic era: sleepwalking. Six world-renowned singers such as Pretty Yende, Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Francesco Demuro and Jennifer France will perform Bellini's score under the musical direction of Richard Frizza. They will be accompanied by the Paris Chamber Orchestra, the Choir of Radio France and the Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine in production by Rolando Villazón.

Story

The day before her wedding, during sleepwalking, the beautiful Amina is found in Count Rodolfo's room. She cannot explain her presence and is suspected of cheating on her fiancé with the count. Elvino, her future husband, accuses her of infidelity and cancels their engagement.
Bellini translates in this opera the moods of her sleepwalking heroine with sublime sustained melodic lines and vocal virtuosos while alternating the comic and the pathetic.
The role of Amina is one of the finest in the Italian repertoire of the first half of the 19th century, which was already performed by Maria Callas and Natalie Dessay. For this production, it is the turn of the young Soutouth African Pretty Yende to interpret with agility the crystalline and luminous highs of the role.

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Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris

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 in April 2, 1913, the structure is quite large comprising of 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 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. 

 

Fun facts:

Capacity: 1, 905

Handicap Accessible? Yes

Air conditioning? No

FAQ

How to get to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées?

The Champs-Elysées theatre is accessible by metro line 9 at Alma-Marceau station and metro line 1 at Franklin-Roosevelt station. The Theatre is also accessible by RER C at Pont de l'Alma station. The Theatre is accessible by bus via lines 42, 63, 72, 80 and 92. Our customer service is available in case of difficulty from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday. For more information, please see the map above.

What should I do when I arrive there?

We recommend that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the show. Show your ticket at reception and the staff will take care of you.

Can I take pictures during the performance?

In order not to disturb the artists and for the comfort of other spectators, it is forbidden to take pictures during the performance. However, you can take photos of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées before and after the performance, as a souvenir of your gorgeous Parisian evening!

Is it mandatory to tip an usher?

Each spectator is greeted in the hall by an usher who will lead them to the seat. According to custom at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, ushers may request a tip which you may grant if you wish. It is by no means mandatory.

Is there a dress code?

No, there is no specific dress code, however, proper attire is always appreciated.