Orfeo ed Euridice at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Until November 28, 2022
15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Capacity 1905 seats
For all audiences
In Italian surtitled in French and English
Opera in three acts by Christoph Willibald Gluck to a libretto by Ranieri de Calzabigi, conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock, directed by Robert Carsen, with actors Jakub Józef Orliński (Orfeo), Regula Mühlemann (Euridice), Elena Galitskaya (Amore), and the Balthasar-Neumann Choir & Ensemble. Gluck composed Orphée et Euridice twice: in 1762 for Vienna to celebrate the feast of François Ier de Habsbourg-Loraine and in 1774 for the Royal Academy of Music in Paris. This season, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées presents the 1762 version. It is a jewel of poetry from beginning to end, and when put with music, it can enlighten the spirit.
Orpheus weeps for the death of Euridice, his wife. The Gods authorize him to descend into Hell to seek out his beloved. The only condition is that he cannot look Euridice in the eyes on his way up from Hell. Orpheus is guided on his journey by the Happy Shades, who return Euridice to him. Both sing of the happiness of their reunion, and Orpheus manages not to look at his wife. But she begins to doubt Orpheus’ love. Silent, Orpheus nevertheless meets her gaze, breaks the oath, and testifies his love to Euridice… but what will happen now that the oath was broken? Will Orpheus be left alone without his true love forever?
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
History and Fun Facts about the 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
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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!