Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme at the Opéra Comique
Until March 26, 2023
Place Boieldieu - 75002 Paris
Capacity 1200 seats
For all audiences
In French surtitled in French and English
Highlights: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme at the Opéra Comique
At the second performance of this comedy-ballet, The Bourgeois Gentleman, Louis XIV reportedly said: "I am completely satisfied with your comedy, this is a true comedy with cunning jokes; continue to work in this same genre, and you will bring pleasure to my life". The work is a model of its kind and places music, song, and dance on the same level, all of which are perfectly integrated into the action. The Bourgeois Gentleman is an absolute French classic with refined music. You will find this comedy-ballet a wonderful way to get to know the French spirit of the time. And if it couldn't get better, it's all taking place in the beautiful hall of the Opéra Comique!
Story: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme at the Opéra Comique
Mr. Jourdain, a bourgeois of modest origins who is proud to have become rich, tries to acquire good manners by embarking on apprenticeships that seem worthy of his status as a gentleman. It soon becomes clear to us that the play was not to the taste of the courtiers of the Sun King's time, who tried to prevent it from being performed. Today, at the Opéra Comique, the famous comedy-ballet, The Bourgeois Gentleman, is reborn with intelligence, humor, and poetry, directed by the facetious Jérôme Deschamps and under the baton of two great specialists in baroque music: Marc Minkowski and Thibault Noally. Could it get any better?
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