The Flooding

Opéra Comique

Until March 5, 2023

In French surtitled in French & English

Location

Opéra Comique
Place Boieldieu - 75002 Paris
Capacity 1200 seats

Duration

2 hours

No intermission

 


Details

Opera

Recommended for 10 years old and over

In French surtitled in French and English

 


Highlights: The Flooding

The great French theater director, Joël Pommerat, collaborates with Francesco Filidei, the Italian contemporary composer, under a new opera commission from the Opéra Comique. For his first opera libretto, he has chosen to adapt a novella by the Russian writer, Yevgeny Zamyatin- a writer he personally treasures! In the opera, The Flooding, Joël Pommerat and Francesco Filidei play with typical Pommerat style and special attention is paid to the use of lighting, ensemble, and space. The Flooding will be truly thrilling!

Story: The Flooding

The flood is that of hatred, flowing like the River Neva, which floods Petrograd. An ordinary, loving couple, who are unable to have children, decide to adopt a daughter, who takes a surprising place within their household. Dialogue between them breaks down little by little, the silence weighs upon them, and the waters of the river get ready to sweep away everything in their path at the drop of a dime. With the tension rising, is the flood about to destroy it all? The Flooding is an opera that practically bristles with tension!

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Opéra Comique

Place Boieldieu - 75002 Paris

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: 1,200 seats
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air conditioning: No
Chauffage: Yes

FAQ

How do I get to the Opéra Comique?

The Opéra Comique is accessible by metro lines 3, 7, 8, 9 and the nearest stations are Opéra, Quatre Septembre, or Grands Boulevards. The Opéra Comique is also accessible by the RER A at the station Auber or by bus lines 20, 32, 39, 29, 45, 74, and 89. Our customer service department can be contacted in case of difficulty from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday. For more information, please consult the map above.

What do I do when I get to the Opéra Comique?

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

What does my ticket entitle me to?

With the purchase of a ticket, you can attend a presentation that will give you access to the "keys to the show" and the possibility of singing in the rotunda under the direction of a professional conductor. This presentation takes place 35 minutes before The Flooding.

Is it a show for travelers or French people?

Both! The Opéra Comique has been welcoming audiences from all over the world for 300 years. The Flooding is sung in its original French, and subtitles in both French and English are provided for audiences to appreciate in one of France’s most iconic venues.

Is there a specific dress code at the Opéra Comique?

No, there is no specific dress code at the Opéra Comique, however, proper attire is always appreciated.

What do I do if I am late?

The doors are closed as soon as the curtain rises. Access may be refused or subject to certain conditions.

Can I take photos during the performance of The Flooding?

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 The Flooding. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the Opéra Comique to remember your night out!

Is tipping customary at the Opéra Comique?

Ushers at the Opéra Comique do not accept tips.

Subtitles or “surtitles”?

Surtitles (also called supertitles) are the theatre equivalent of subtitles. That’s because in French “sur” means “above”. At the Opéra Comique, the text is projected both on the sides of the auditorium, and centrally directly above the stage.

Is there a coat room at the Opéra Comique?

A free cloakroom is available in the entrance hall of the theatre. The Opéra Comique does not accept means of transport such as skates or folding bikes. For security reasons, travel bags and suitcases are not allowed.

Covid-19 Information

Specific measures and obligations may apply to this show. Before making your reservation, please check the updated information on our Covid-19 page: https://www.theatreinparis.com/en/page/covid-19