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 May : In May at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the big event is indisputably the production of Orfeo ed Euridice Gluck directed by Robert Carsen. Philippe Jaroussky and Patricia Petibon embody the two mythical lovers. Another myth, Pelléas et Mélisande by Debussy brings together Sabine Devieilhe and Guillaume Andrieux with the talented conductor Benjamin Lévy. On the concert side again, the arrival of the great Japanese director Masaaki Suzuki, an event that needs to be reserved without delay as for Christian Thielemann with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden.
After several seasons with Jonas Kaufmann on display, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées continues in 2017-2018 with the great names of classical music. Paris is, without any doubt, one of the great capitals of lyric art with an exceptional offer.
The hall of Avenue Montaigne welcomes the incomparable Cecilia Bartoli in a staging of Alcina, the great masterpiece by Handel where she performs together with Julie Fuchs and Philippe Jaroussky. One finds the superb counter high in one of the great roles written for this unreal voice. Orfeo ed Euridice by Gluck is directed by Robert Carsen and the pretty Eurydice is none other than Patricia Petibon. With a Barbiere di Siviglia by the intrepid Laurent Pelly, the last lyric production staged at the Theater des Champs Elysées is a repetition but a very fine one. Dialogues of the Carmelites of Poulenc signed Olivier Py is performed at great perfection with again, an ideal distribution (Patricia Petibon, Véronique Gens, Sabine Devieilhe, Sophie Koch, Stanislas de Barbeyrac and Anne Sofie von Otter who joined the ensemble).
The program offers us many more surprises with operas in concert version like a Pelléas and Melisande of Debussy with Sabine Devieilhe, led by the talented Benjamin Lévy. The Samson and Dalila which finally brings together Roberto Alagna and Marie-Nicole Lemieux is a highlight of the international season.
Also worth mentioning are Jessica Pratt in Lucia di Lammermoor, Ermonela Jaho and Bryan Hymel in Madama Butterfly, Jean-François Birras and Veronique Gens in Faust or Karine Deshayes in Cenerentola by Rossini. Teodor Currentzis, the agitated conductor is in Paris to direct La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart with the exquisite Karina Gauvin. Gianandrea Noseda conducts Verdi's Macbeth, Christophe Rosset, Handel's Rinaldo and Faust while Masaaki Suzuki offers Mozart's Mass in C.
Of course, the great recitals flourish. We are expecting Sonya Yoncheva or Pretty Yende in Verdi, Franco Fagioli or Philippe Jaroussky in Handel but also Juan Diego Flórez, Sabine Devieilhe, Natalie Dessay.
The great conductors meet almost every season at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées. You need to reserve your seats as soon as possible, especially if you want to see Zubin Mehta lead the Wiener Philharmoniker, Mariss Jansons, the Bayerisches Rundfunks Symphonieorchester or Christian Thielemann the Dresden Staatskapelle. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Mahler´s Titan, an amazing event!
Also worth mentioning are Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Paavo Järvi, Yuri Temirkanov and Michel Plasson, who conducts a concert with the great voice of Annick Massis. And what about the great soloists (Evgeny Kissin, Grigory Sokolov, Stephen Kovacevich ...) and for dance, Nijinsky, Millepied, Irina Kolesnikova, Pina Bausch! What a beautiful season!