Place Boieldieu - 75002 Paris
Capacity 1200 seats
1 h 45 min
For all audiences
In English with English and French surtitles
Highlights: Macbeth Underworld
Macbeth and his wife are still alive… they are, at least, in the mind of French contemporary music composer Pascal Dusapin. Macbeth Underworld is a fascinating operatic adaptation of Shakespeare's famous tragedy. This unconventional reinterpretation will plunge you into a dark and mysterious world, wherein the characters navigate between powerful dichotomies; dream and reality, life and death.
Pascal Dusapin's compelling and subtle music creates an atmosphere that oscillates between tension and beauty. The singers' magnificent voices blend perfectly with the colourful symphony of the orchestra, creating a fascinating soundscape that is as unique as the opera’s subject. Thomas Jolly's staging of the fabled Opéra Comique is equally impressive, featuring sets and costumes that evoke the fantastic world of Shakespeare's play. The special effects add a truly striking visual dimension that completely unparalleled.
The role of Macbeth is not easy to assume. He has to be impressive, imposing, fierce… in this opera, this infamous character is done justice thanks to the stage presence of the French baritone Jean-Sébastien Bou, whose voice is powerful, embodied, and entirely fitting for this Scottish king.
Macbeth Underworld will seduce you with its bewitchingly dark and intoxicatingly sublime side, reinventing Shakespeare's classic story in a bold, unconventional way. Lovers of music, theatre, and classical culture should not miss this unforgettable production at the Opéra Comique, which has more surprises in store for us yet…!
See details for a premium add-on below!
Story: Macbeth Underworld
Macbeth Underworld, which performs at the Opéra Comique this November, is an opera by Pascal Dusapin based on Shakespeare's famous play Macbeth. Even if you haven’t read this sparkling gem of classical literature, you will surely know of the tragic tale of Macbeth: a formidable Scottish general and his duplicitious wife who, driven by vaulting ambition and an insatiable thirst for power, commit murders and descend into madness. In this contemporary creation, they are condemned to relive their past misdeeds in a subterranean world, symbolising the realm of the dead.
Pascal Dusapin's music blends modern harmonies with classical influences, creating a hair-raisingly unsettling atmosphere that perfectly reflects the darkness of the subject. This original adaptation will take you into the darkest corners of the human soul... we’re already shivering!
Would you like a little more than just a ticket to the show? To make your experience unforgettable, you can choose to extend the evening with an evening concert after the opera has finished. This is given by artists from the production or the Academy on the theme of the opera being performed. It lasts approximately 50 minutes. You will have the option to include the premium add-on during the reservation process.
The evening concerts are available on the following dates:
• Friday, November 10th, 2023
• Sunday, November 12th, 2023
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 which run until 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, 95 which run until the following stations: Le Peletier - Hausmann, Choiseul , Richelieu Drouot, Richelieu - 4 septembre. Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.