Lully's Atys at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Starring Véronique Gens, Mathias Vidal and Tassis Christoyannis
Lully's Atys at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris tickets
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


3 h 10 min

With intermission


Concert opera

For all audiences

In French surtitled in French and in English

Highlights: Lully's Atys at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Do you know which was the first opera to place love at the centre of the plot and have its hero die on stage?
This opera, with a prologue and five acts and a libretto by Philippe Quinault, is Jean-Baptiste Lully's Atys, which is being presented today on the stage of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.


Intended for the entertainment of the greatest of kings, Louis XIV, it is said that the Sun King sang many of the arias in this work, particularly the passage about Atys' sleep. If, like us, you want to hear this opera, whose arias became real hits for Louis XIV, we recommend that you buy tickets for Atys!


The cast is of the highest quality with Véronique Gens, the great French soprano in the role of Cybèle, Mathias Vidal in the title role, and Tassis Christoyannis in the role of Célénus.

Story: Lully's Atys at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

A tragic opera composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, Atys, was premiered in 1676 at the Court of Louis XIV. The story follows the adventures of the shepherd Atys, who is loved by the nymph Sangaride and the goddess Cybele.


Atys is in love with Sangaride but is chosen to serve at the hand of King Celenus, forcing him to renounce his love. Sangaride, devastated by Atys's betrayal, turns to Idas, another shepherd. In a fit of jealousy, Atys kills Idas and is then tormented by guilt. Cybele, the goddess of nature, appears to him in a dream and guides him towards redemption.


The opera explores the themes of love, passion, jealousy, and redemption. It is also marked by Lully's sumptuous ballets and lively music, characteristic of his Baroque style. The tragedy of Atys concludes with a moving final scene in which Atys sacrifices himself to appease the anger of the gods and thus regain peace.


It is certain that Théâtre des Champs-Élysées knows how to provide curious opera lovers with sumptuous Baroque surprises.


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Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris

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 Atys. The theatre’s doors open 30 minutes before the start of 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 the opera, Atys?

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 the show. 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 last?

The opera, Atys, by Jean-Baptiste Lully lasts approximately 3 hours and 10 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 Atys 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. Atys is sung in its original French 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 Atys properly?

There are a maximum of four categories available for Atys. 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: 1 around the Orchestra and 1 on the 1st Balcony. A fee of €2 applies for this service. Large bags, suitcases, and musical instruments are not allowed inside the theater.

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.