This jewel of the Art Nouveau has gone down in history for the big scandal that happened upon the premiere of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. For more than 100 years, this theatre has hosted high level operas, ballets, concerts and recitals. A definite must see of Parisian lyrical scene.
Your tickets for the 2018 season of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Not to be missed in March 2019:
In March, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées hosts its second opera production with Ariadne auf Naxos by Strauss in the staging of the highly acclaimed Katie Mitchell, a big event! Among the highlights, the duo formed by the beautiful mezzo Marianne Crebassa and the great pianist Fazil Say finally comes to Paris. Nikolai Lugansky gives a recital and Yannick Nézet-Séguin pays the TCE a visit with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Bach's Saint John Passion is directed by Hans-Christoph Rademann at the head of the Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart.
Even if the Palais Garnier remains the most famous Parisian opera, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with its history and the beauty of its hall does not come short, especially with regards to its perfect programming. This 2018-2019 season is once again exemplary thanks to the great artists of classical music who perform on this mythical scene.
Remember that the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées is one of the few venues to host operas, ballets and concerts. And who else but the greatest tenor today to open the season? Jonas Kaufmann gives a recital and we must reserve our places as soon as possible.
Lyrical art is at the forefront with the recitals of Elsa Dreisig, Roberto Alagna, Pretty Yende, Philippe Jaroussky ... and only four operas staged this season but many very prestigious concert versions. Tenor Michael Spyres, a regular on the scene, sings Florestan in Fidelio de Beethoven played by Adrianne Pieczonka. Another star among the tenors, Juan Diego Flórez continues his exploration of the French repertoire with this time Manon of Massenet. After an exceptional Werther, you must quickly book opera tickets because the event is highly anticipated.
Other great moments are announced like Simon Keenlyside's Rigoletto or the exceptional Leo Nucci in Verdi's Nabucco with also Anna Pirozzi, a name now familiar to great music lovers. For the sopranos side, the beautiful engagements are also abundant including Sabine Devieilhe who sings Cunegonde in the animated Candide of Bernstein.
One of the biggest current stars, Anja Harteros plays Richard Strauss's Arabella, while the superb Véronique Gens is Lully's Armide (with Reinoud Van Mechelen). The Baroque opera is particularly well served this season 2018-2019 of the Champs Elysees Theater with many highlights. Franco Fagioli sings Handel's Serse. Jakub Jósef Orlinski, another contreténor who is talked about a lot, performs Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with Julien Chauvin's enlighted direction.
The two major events to be reserved urgently are Hippolyte and Aricie of Rameau directed by Emmanuelle Haïm and the Agrippina of Haendel by Maxim Emelyanychev. The distributions are ideal with Cyrille Dubois, Mélissa Petit, Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Jean-François Lapointe for the Rameau and in Agrippina, Franco Fagioli, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Luca Pisaroni and especially the great Joyce DiDonato who is also on the bill this season in Maria Stuarda of Donizetti. The stage of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées is offered to the immense director Deborah Warner who proposes a new production of La Traviata with a role-playing for the young French soprano Vannina Santoni alongside Saimir Pirgu and Laurent Naouri.
A magnificent poster is also available for Gluck's masterpiece, Iphigénie en Tauride. At the staging, Robert Carsen recovers the theater with two real singers-actors, Gaëlle Arquez and Stéphane Degout. For Strauss' admirable Ariadne auf Naxos, the TCE called on the exciting Katie Mitchell for the direction and the great voice of Camilla Nylund as Ariadne.
But the Champs Elysées Theater is also home to the concerts. It is impossible to review them all. However, there are some great leaders of all generations, such as Valery Gergiev, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, Philippe Herreweghe, Paavo Järvi, Mariss Jansons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Hervé Niquet, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yuri Temirkanov, Robin Ticciati and some great instrumentalists. such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Amandine Beyer, Fabio Biondi, Renaud Capuçon, Lucas Debargue, Isabelle Faust, Nelson Freire, Benjamin Grosvenor, Evgeny Kissin, Igor Levit, Daniel Lozakovitj, Nikolai Lugansky, Vadim Repin, Grigory Sokolov, Christian Tetzlaff, Arcadi Volodos, Yuja Wang and so many others ... to understand just how amazing this new 2018-2019 season is.