Pelléas and Mélisande
15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Capacity 1905 seats
3 hours and 10 minutes
With an intermission
Recommended for all ages
In French with English and French surtitles
Highlights: Pelléas and Mélisande
One opera was all it took for Claude Debussy to change the history of the genre forever. Based on Maeterlinck’s play, this impressionist opera boasts a stunning musical score and characters with tons of emotional depth – not to mention the orchestra, which plays a starring role.
French singers Stanislas de Barbeyrac and Patricia Petibon will star as the titular lovers of Debussy’s lyrical drama, under the musical direction of François-Xavier Roth. Renowned director Eric Ruf of the Comédie-Française oversees the staging and set design, with costumes by the ever talented Christian Lacroix.
Story: Pelléas and Mélisande
In the imaginary kingdom of Allemonde, Prince Golaud encounters the mysterious Mélisande. Despite knowing nothing about her, he decides to marry her. When he introduces her to his half-brother, Pelléas, a strange bond forms between Pelléas and Mélisande, and Golaud is soon overcome with jealousy.
Eric Ruf’s staging makes inventive use of water as the focal point of the production, while Debussy’s wonderful songs like “Mes longs cheveux” and the stunning costumes by Christian Lacroix take centre stage.
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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 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.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air conditioning: No
How do I get to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées?
The Champs-Elysées theatre is accessible by metro line 9 at Alma-Marceau station and metro line 1 at Franklin-Roosevelt station. The Theatre is also accessible by RER C at Pont de l'Alma station. The Theatre is accessible by bus via lines 42, 63, 72, 80 and 92. Our customer service is available in case of difficulty from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday. For more information, please see the map above.
What should I do when I arrive there?
Is there a dress code?
No, there is no specific dress code, however, proper attire is always appreciated.
How long does the show last?
The opera Pelléas et Mélisande lasts 3 hours and 10 minutes including one interval.
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-Elysées before and after the performance, as a souvenir of your gorgeous Parisian evening!
Is it mandatory to tip an usher?
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-Elysées, ushers may request a tip which you may grant if you wish. It is by no means mandatory.