Vocal Masterpieces at the Philharmonie de Paris

Philharmonie de Paris

Until May 22, 2023

Different languages


Philharmonie de Paris
221 avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Capacity 2400 seats


Approximately 2 hours

With intermission



For all ages

In different languages (see below)




A selection of four large vocal works in concert version at the Philharmonie de Paris! The stage hosts four masterpieces by Haydn, Mozart, Handel, and Bach. Nothing hinders the understanding of the work: no costumes, no staging. Only the orchestra and the singers express themselves, delivering the message of the composers with all their ardor and passion. Let yourself be seduced by the flying melody lines of the violin, voice, and, let us not forget, the conductor’s gestures.


How do you experience these great masterpieces? By attending a concert version at the Philharmonie de Paris of course! After all, there is nothing to detract from the beauty of the music, the singing, and the message that the composer envisioned. All the beauty of Haydn’s idealized picture of peasant life in The Seasons, the intensity of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Handel’s magical vision in Alcina and the profound spirituality of Bach’s St Matthew Passion are fully expressed on stage. The conductors are well renowned and are accompanied by their ensembles in full confidence. Welding the baton is the great William Christie for Les Arts Florissants, the delicate Marc Minkowski for Les Musiciens du Louvre, the baroque enthusiast Jordi Savall for La Capella Nacional de Catalunya and the French conductor Christophe Rousset for Les Talens Lyriques. Come experience this amazing night for yourself!



Concert programme

Tuesday the 7th of February 2023, at 8 p.m.

Alcina from Handel

With Les Musiciens du Louvre conducted by Marc Minkowski, with Magdalena Kožená (Alcina), Erin Morley (Morgana), Elizabeth DeShong (Bradamante), Anna Bonitatibus (Ruggiero), Valerio Contaldo (Oronte) and Alex Rosen (Melisso)

No subtitles


Wednesday the 22nd of March 2023, at 8 p.m.

The Seasons from Haydn

With Les Arts Florissants conducted by William Christie, with Mélissa Petit (Hanne, the daughter), Moritz Kallenberg (Lucas, a young peasant) and Sreten Manojlović (Simon, a farmer)

With French and English subtitles


Tuesday the 4th of April 2023, at 8 p.m.

St Matthew Passion from Bach

With Les Talens Lyriques and the Chamber Choir of Namur, conducted by Christophe Rousset, with Ian Bostridge (evangelist), Benjamin Appl (Jesus), Anna El-Khashem (soprano), Mari Askvik (viola), James Way (tenor) and Thilo Dahlmann (bass)

With French and English subtitles


Monday the 22nd of May 2023, at 8 p.m.

Missa solemnis from Beethoven

With La Capella Nacional de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations, conducted by Jordi Savall, with Rachel Redmond (soprano), Olivia Vermeulen (viola), Martin Platz (tenor) and Manuel Walser (baritone)

No subtitles


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Philharmonie de Paris

221 avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris

If Paris were to be defined in terms of monuments, we would include the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre Pyramid, the Opéra Garnier, and the Opéra Bastille to name a few.. But from this list the Philharmonie de Paris is surely missing! This impressive monument, inaugurated on January 15th, 2015, is dedicated to symphonic music, chamber music, jazz and world music. Composed of over 340,000 aluminum shiny plates, its impressive facade of the Philharmonie de Paris has become a famous landmark of north-eastern Paris.


All types of music can be found at the Philharmonie de Paris. This venue hosts orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, Les Arts Florissants, the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France and welcomes major international orchestras, conductors, and musicians who make their difficult scores look easy as they perform them for 2,400 astonished spectators. The acoustic excellence of the Grande Salle Pierre Boulez, entrusted to New Zealand’s Sir Harold Marshall and Japan’s Yasuhisa Toyota, creates particularly favorable conditions for listening to pianissimo, pizzicato, or even delicate harp chords.


The soft colors of the blond wood featured in the hall paired with the balconies, which seem to loom weightless, create a real sense of intimacy, especially since the distance between the conductor and the closest listener is a mere 32 meters! A hall that holds a sense of esteemed intimacy despite its size, and with an international and varied programme... You must experience it for yourself first-hand!


Fast Facts
Capacity: 2,400
Wheelchair accessible? Yes
Airconditioned? Yes


How do I get to the Philharmonie de Paris?

The closest station to The Philharmonie de Paris is Porte de Pantin, which you can access by taking the line 5 of the metro, the line T3b of the tramway or the lines 75 and 151 of the bus. Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.

What do I do when I get to the Philharmonie de Paris?

We recommend that you arrive 30 minutes before the start of the show and present yourself at the “Invitation” desk on the left as you enter Hall 3. The bilingual staff of the Philharmonie de Paris will take you to your seats. In case of delay, they will be able to collect your ticket but access to the hall will be either on a forté, between two pieces or at the intermission.

What do I get with a Prestige ticket?

The Prestige ticket includes placement in the Prestige category, delivery of a programme on arrival, access to a dedicated reception desk, provision of reception staff for arrival, orientation and screening at reception.

Where will I be seated at the Philharmonie de Paris?

The seats will be in the 1st category in the parterre (left side, right side or center), between rows D and L in general (but there may be exceptions) or at the first balcony level.

Does the Philharmonie de Paris have a specific dress code?

For Parisians venues, the dress code tends to be a bit fancier than in other venues, so feel free to have a little fun and dress to impress. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in casual chic attire. Generally, elegant casual wear is required, jackets are recommended for men. Shorts, bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear and trainers are discouraged.

Can I take photos during the performance?

In order not to disturb the artists on stage, and for the comfort of other guests, it is not permitted to photograph, film, or record the performance for the duration of the show. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the Philharmonie de Paris to remember your night out!

Is tipping customary?

At the Philharmonie de Paris, tipping is 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