Strauss's Elektra at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Starring Irène Theorin and Violetta Urmana
Strauss's Elektra at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris tickets
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

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Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Capacity 1905 seats


1 h 50 min

No intermission



Concert opera

For all audiences

In German with English and French surtitles

Highlights: Strauss's Elektra at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Richard Strauss's Elektra is a powerful opera named after the titular character who resists her mother’s tyranny, challenges her sister’s complicity, and pushes her brother to do greater. Richard Strauss presents us with a heroine with a will strong as steel that can be stopped by absolutely nothing.


Richard Strauss's fourth opera, acclaimed since its premiere in 1909, remains a landmark in the world of opera, leaving a lasting mark on both the art form and its audiences. Elektra is often regarded as one of the masterpieces of the German operatic repertoire. The composer's swirling music and sonic violence bring Greek tragedy vividly to life, while the deep psychological themes of revenge and madness are explored with captivating intensity.


To embody this vengeful heroine and this vocally demanding role, the great Swedish soprano Irène Theorin takes the stage at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, astounding us with her dramatic and vocal intensity. Singing alongside Theorin, the mezzo-soprano Violetta Urmana will take on the role of Elektra’s cruel mother.

Story: Strauss's Elektra at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Richard Strauss's Elektra is set in Ancient Greece and follows the story of Elektra, daughter of King Agamemnon. Elektra is haunted by the brutal murder of her father, who was killed by her mother Clytemnestra and her mother’s lover. Consumed by vengeance, Elektra eagerly awaits the return of her brother Orestes to carry out her longed-for punishment. The tension reaches a climax when Orestes, disguised as a stranger, arrives at the palace and finds himself face to face with Clytemnestra.
In an act of cathartic violence, Orestes kills his mother and her lover, thus fulfilling his long-awaited revenge.


The opera explores themes of revenge, justice, and madness, delving deep into the tortured psyches of the characters. Strauss's music, with its dramatic intensity and powerful harmonies, underlines the raw emotion of the story, creating a gripping lyrical and theatrical experience.


Though this opera is a violent one, nothing can top hearing its spellbinding music in the beautiful Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.


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Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris

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 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. 

Fast facts
Capacity: 1,905
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air conditioning: No
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: Yes (paid service)


How do I get to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement of Paris?

The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées is accessible by:
Metro lines: The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées can be reached by metro lines 1 and 9 at the metro stations Franklin D. Roosevelt and Alma Marceau.
RER subway lines: The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées is accessible by RER C which runs to the station Pont de l’Alma.
Bus lines: The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées is accessible by the bus lines 42, 63, 72, 80 and 92, which stop at the stations Pierre Charron - François 1ᵉʳ and George V.
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 Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?

We recommend that you arrive at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées at least 15 minutes before the start of Elektra, though the theatre’s doors will open 30 minutes before the performance, except in exceptional circumstances. Show your ticket at the reception and the staff will take care of you.

Can I take photos during Elektra?

In order not to disturb the artists on stage, and for the comfort of other guests, you are not permitted to photograph, film, or record the performance for the duration of Elektra. However, you can take photos of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées before and after the performance as a souvenir of your gorgeous Parisian evening!

How long does Elektra by Richard Strauss last?

Elektra by Richard Strauss lasts approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, with no intermission.

Is there a dress code at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?

No, there is no particular dress code. However, it is always recommended to wear proper attire. Parisians typically attend a concert after work and will wear business casual-style clothing.

Is Elektra for an international audience or French speakers?

Both! The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées has been welcoming audiences from all over the world for 30 years. Elektra by Richard Straus is sung in its original German version, with surtitles in both French and English, provided for audiences to appreciate this piece in one of France’s most iconic venues.

Where will I be seated, and will I see the surtitles for Elektra properly?

There are a maximum of four categories available for Elektra . The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées has an Italian-style auditorium (i.e. in the shape of a horseshoe), and surtitles are on both sides of the stage. Seats in categories 1, 2 and 3 give a good view of the stage and the surtitles. Category 4, on the other hand, offers reduced visibility.

Is there a coat check available at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées has two cloakrooms located on the following floors: the Orchestra level and the first Balcony level. A fee of €2 applies for this service. Large bags, suitcases, and musical instruments are not allowed inside the theatre.

Is tipping customary at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?

Tips are not allowed at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

If I'm late, will I still be allowed into the show?

This depends on the delay. The auditorium doors close as soon as the performance begins. The first latecomers are placed in late boxes with a limited number of seats.

Those who arrive later will be allowed to watch the performance from the screens located outside of the auditorium, around the perimeter of the Orchestra and will be allowed to their seats during the intermission (if there is one).

How do I know if my seats are next to each other?

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.


For shows at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the seats are assigned in odd numbers or even numbers. Therefore, if your tickets are consecutive odd numbers or even numbers (For example: 1, 3, 5…), they will be adjacent.