Concert Operas and Oratorios at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Until July 4, 2023
15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Capacity 1905 seats
Between 2 and 3 hours
For all audiences
Surtitled in French and English
Highlights: Concert Operas and Oratorios at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
A truly breathtaking 2022-2023 season at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. As for operas in concert version, the famous theatre at 15 avenue Montaigne gives us a strong competition on the classical stage. Tossing around gems from Rameau, Massenet, Donizetti, Haendel, Wagner, Monteverdi, and Louise Bertin, one of the rare female French composers of the 19th century. As for oratorios, Pergolesi and Mozart will share the scene and give you some of their most memorable pieces. Major composers, beautiful and supple harmonic lines, and well-known pieces come to life on stage all surrounded by the beautiful, classic architecture of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. Music for music’s sake and the pleasure of the voices which rise gracefully in this very Parisian theatre.
Story: Concert Operas and Oratorios at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
What choices will you make for a memorable evening at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées? Choose between Zoroaster, a lyrical tragedy in 5 acts by Rameau, Hérodiade, an opera in 4 acts and 7 tableaux by Massenet, the “hit” of Italian Baroque composed by Pergolèse (the Stabat Mater), the Solemn Vespers for a Confessor and Mozart’s Requiem in the same evening, the teasing Daughter of the Regiment by Donizetti, the rare Tolomeo by Haendel, the precious Castor and Pollux by Jean-Philippe Rameau, the unknown Fausto by Louise Bertin and the mediaeval magic of Massenet: Grisélidis. The choice indeed seems Cornelian. Maybe choosing between the singers will help you with your decision? Choose a night spent hearing Véronique Gens (the famous French soprano) in Zoroaster, Ekaterina Semenchuk in Hérodiade, countertenor Vistoli in Stabat Mater, the incredible Dame Felicity Lott in The Daughter of The Regiment, or countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński in Tolomeo… But of course, we don’t want to reveal everything to you… we'll let you discover the grandeur for yourself!
Saturday, January 7th, 2023 at 8 p.m.
Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Work composed in 1736
With Bruno de Sà (sopranist), Carlo Vistoli (countertenor) and Thibault Noally (conductor),
The National Orchestra of Auvergne
In the first part of the programme:
Mozart, Haendel Airs and duets from operas, sacred airs
Tuesday, March 28th, 2023 at 8 p.m.
Solemn Vespers of a Confessor
Work composed in 1780 K. 339
Work composed in 1791 K. 626
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with Kateryna Kasper (soprano), Marie Henriette Reinhold (mezzo-soprano), Julian Habermann (tenor), Johannes Kammler (bass) and Hans-Christoph Rademann (conductor), the Gaechinger Cantorey Orchestra and Choir.
Monday, April 3rd, and Wednesday, April 5th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
The Daughter of the Regiment by Gaetano Donizetti
Opéra-comique in two acts (1840)
With Jodie Devos (Marie), Sahy Ratia (Tonio), Marc Labonnette (Sulpice), Doris Lamprecht (The Marquise of Berkenfield), Philippe Ermelier (Hortensius), Dame Felicity Lott (The Duchess of Crakentorp), Matthieu Justine (A peasant) and Hervé Niquet (conductor), the Orchestre de la Garde républicaine, the Chœur de l’Armée française, the Chœur de femmes de la Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris.
Opera sung in French, surtitled in French
Tuesday, April 4th, 2023 at 8 p.m.
Mass in C by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Work composed in 1874
With Ekaterina Bakanova (soprano), Ana Maria Labin (soprano), Krystian Adam (tenor), Luigi De Donato (bass) and Jean-Christophe Spinosi (conductor), the Ensemble Matheus
In the first part of the programme: Mozart Symphony n° 41 “Jupiter” K. 551
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Tolomeo by Georg Friedrich Haendel
Opera in three acts HWV 25 (1728)
With Jakub Józef Orliński (Tolomeo), Giuseppina Bridelli (Elisa), Katharina Konradi (Seleuce), Andrea Mastroni (Araspe), Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian (Alessandro) and Il Pomo d’Oro with Francesco Corti (conductor and harpsichord).
Opera sung in Italian, surtitled in French
Saturday, May 13th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Castor and Pollux
By Jean-Philippe Rameau, lyrical tragedy in a prologue and five acts (1737)
With Judith van Wanroij (Télaïre / Vénus), Véronique Gens (Phébé), Reinoud Van Mechelen (Castor), Tassis Christoyannis (Pollux), Olivia Doray (Minerva / A constellation), Hasnaa Bennani (Love / Follower of Hébé / A Happy Shadow), David Witczak (Mars / Second Athlete / Jupiter), Antonin Rondepierre (First Athlete / High Priest), and the Orfeo Orchestra conducted by György Vashegyi.
Opera sung in French, surtitled in French and English
Monday, May 15th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
The Flying Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer) by Richard Wagner
Opera in three acts (1843)
With James Rutherford (The Dutchman), Ingela Brimberg (Senta), Maximilian Schmidt (Erik), Karl-Heinz Lehner (Daland), Dmitri Ivanchey (Daland’s steersman), Dalia Schaechter (Mary) and Les Siècles, the Chœur de l’Opéra de Cologne under the direction of François-Xavier Roth.
Opera sung in German, surtitled in French and English
Wednesday, May 24th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
The Coronation of Poppea (L’Incoronazione di Poppea) and Claudio Monteverdi
Opera in three acts and a prologue (1642)
With David Hansen (Nerone), Mari Eriksmoen (Poppea), Rihab Chaieb (Ottavia), Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (Lucano / Soldato / Pallade / Liberto / Tribuno / Famigliare), Lauranne Oliva (Drusilla / Virtù), Philippe Talbot (Ottone), Anders Dahlin (Nutrice / Soldato / Famigliare), Nicolas Brooymans (Seneca), Mathias Vidal (Arnalta), Natalie Pérez (Valetto / Amore), Mathilde Etienne (Damigella / Fortuna), with I Gemelli under the direction of Emiliano Gonzalez Toro.
Opera sung in Italian subtitled in French and English
Tuesday, June 20th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Fausto by Louise Bertin
Opera in four acts (1831)
With Karine Deshayes (Fausto), Karina Gauvin (Margherita), Ante Jerkunica (Mefisto), Nico Darmanin (Valentino), Marie Gautrot (Catarina), Diana Axentii (Una strega / Marta), Thibault de Damas (Wagner / Un banditore), with Les Talens Lyriques under the direction of Christophe Rousset and the Flemish Radio Choir.
Opera sung in French surtitled in French
Tuesday, July 4th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Grisélidis by Jules Massenet, a lyrical tale in a prologue and three acts (1891)
With Vannina Santoni (Grisélidis), Frédéric Antoun (Alain), Thomas Dolié (Le Marquis), Tassis Christoyannis (Le Diable), Antoinette Dennefeld (Fiamina), Adèle Charvet (Bertrade), Thibault de Damas (Le Prieur Adrien), Fournaison (Gondebaud), with the Chœur et Orchestre de l’Opéra national Montpellier Occitanie under the direction of Jean-Marie Zeitouni.
Opera sung in French surtitled in French
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
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 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 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.
Handicap Accessible? Yes
Air conditioning? No
How to get to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?
The Champs-Élysées theater is accessible by metro line 9 at Alma-Marceau station and metro line 1 at Franklin-Roosevelt station. The Theater is also accessible by RER C at Pont de l'Alma station. The Theater is accessible by bus via lines 42, 63, 72, 80 and 92. Our customer service is available in case of difficulty from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday. For more information, please see the map above.
What should I do when I arrive at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?
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-Élysées before and after the performance, as a souvenir of your gorgeous Parisian evening!
Is it mandatory to tip a usher at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?
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-Élysées, ushers may request a tip which you may grant if you wish. It is by no means mandatory.
Is there a dress code at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?
No, there is no specific dress code, however, proper attire is always appreciated.