Samson at Opéra Comique

Directed by Claus Guth
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Opéra Comique

Until March 23, 2025

French surtitled in English (See the page)

Location

Opéra Comique
Place Boieldieu - 75002 Paris
Capacity 1200 seats

Duration

2 h 25 min

With intermission


Details

Opera

For all audiences

In French with French and English surtitles


HIGHLIGHTS: SAMSON

Honour a true architectural and historical gem in the heart of Paris by rediscovering a work on the cusp of extinction…

 

Behold the jewel to which all opera lovers in Paris flock: the Opéra Comique. The building, also known as the Salle Favart, is tucked away on a small square in the heart of the 2nd arrondissement of Paris. It’sbuildings like this that make Paris the beautiful and iconic city that it is - you’ll love the Opéra Comique’s six-step staircase as punctuated by railings and candelabras, its ground floor with contrapuntal furnishings of bosses and smooth stonework, and its three high-arched windows framed by Corinthian columns.

 

While the building's exterior is beautiful to look at, it gets better once you enter the auditorium! Discover the rich and plush interior design. Words truly don’t do it justice — you simply have to discover it for yourself.

 

What better excuse to return to the Opéra Comique than for Samson, an opera by Jean-Philippe Rameau? This work suffered the wrath of censorship twice, both in 1734 and 1736, on account of thinly veiled implications of sacrilege and profanity (ooh la la!). These two blows of fate led to the abandonment of the project and the disappearance of the score. It was later used in other works by the French composer.

 

However, they say that truly great art is meant to shock and delight! This season, German director Claus Guth and French conductor Raphaël Pichon, a specialist in Baroque music, have chosen to offer you this breathtaking creation.

 

It's a rare experience served up by internationally renowned performers, including American baritone Jarret Ott and Romanian-Swiss soprano Ana Maria Labin, amongst others. The Pygmalion Choir and Orchestra, under Raphaël Pichon’s exceptionally talented baton, will add an extra touch of emotion to this lyrical drama.

 

 

See details for our premium option below!

PREMIUM EXPERIENCE

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. Choose the night concert when booking.

 

An evening concert is available on the following date:

• Friday, March 21st, 2025

SYNOPSIS OF SAMSON

The re-creation of Jean-Philippe Rameau's Samson at the Opéra Comique promises to be a highlight! This opera lies in the tradition of 18th-century lyrical tragedy, combining epic grandeur with human emotion as it tells the rise and fall of the great warrior.

 

This collaboration between conductor Raphaël Pichon and director Claus Guth aims to recreate the spirit of the work rather than sticking exclusively to its libretto, offering a new perspective on this lost opera and highlighting the persistence of its artistic impact over the centuries and into the modern era.

 

How sweet it is to let yourself get carried away by baroque music in the beautiful red and gold setting of the Opéra Comique! Step out of the hustle and bustle of Paris’s busy streets for a few hours and lose yourself in another time.

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Opéra Comique

Place Boieldieu - 75002 Paris

History and Fun Facts about the Opéra Comique


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: 1200
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air conditioning: No
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: Yes (free service)

FAQ

How do I get to the Opéra Comique in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris?

The Opéra Comique is accessible by:
Metro: Line 3 (stations Opéra and Quatre Septembre), line 7 (station Opéra), line 8 (station Grands Boulevards), line 9 (station Grand Boulevard)
RER: Line A (station Auber)
Address: 1 place Boieldieu, 75002 Paris
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 Opéra Comique?

We invite you to arrive 45 minutes before the beginning of Samson, and present your voucher at the front desk. Opéra Comique’s English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.

How long does the opera, Samson, last?

The opera Samson at Opéra Comique lasts approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes, with intermission.

Is Samson for an international audience or French speakers?

Both! The Opéra Comique has been welcoming audiences from all over the world for many years. The opera, Samson, is sung in its original French version. Surtitles are provided in both French and English so that international audiences can appreciate this opera in this incredible Parisian venue.

Can I choose my seat when booking?

No, unfortunately it is not possible to choose your seat when booking for Samson. However, you can choose the category and we will allocate you the best seats in the chosen category!
Please note that 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.
If there are no available adjacent seating arrangements, our customer service team will contact you before the booking is confirmed.

Is there a dress code at Opéra Comique?

There is no specific dress code at Opéra Comique, but proper attire is appreciated. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in business casual or chic attire.