Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Karine Deshayes, Erwin Schrott

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Three exceptional artists together on stage for what promises to be a memorable evening: a colourful gala dedicated to Mozart, Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, whose operas treat vocality in the most agile, playful and virtuosic manner. To pay tribute to their highly theatrical music, with its lavishly opulent aesthetics that form the foundation of the operatic repertoire, voices of great natural versatility and uncompromising precision are called upon. This is exactly how we can define the voice of Rachel Willis-Sørensen, a soprano with a luminous timbre who won the Operalia competition in 2014; that of Karine Deshayes also, a mezzo-soprano who is particularly appreciated in this repertoire (let us mention for example Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Rossini's La Cenerentola, Donizetti's Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux). Finally, Erwin Schrott's fame speaks for itself: the bass-baritone has now established himself as the benchmark performer of Don Giovanni all over the world.

Program and cast

Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini: Arias, duets and trios excerpts from Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, Semiramis, Maria Stuarda, Norma

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

The Théâtre des Champs- Elysées is undoubtedly one of the finest venues in Paris . Built in 1913 , it has the distinction of having been designed by a group of artists architects Henry Van de Velde and Auguste Perret , the painter and sculptor Antoine Bourdelle , the painter Maurice Denis , and the crystal- René Lalique to do mention the main ones . He was the first Parisian theater to be built entirely of reinforced concrete.

 

Restoration of the Great Hall devoted to operatic performances , symphony concerts and dance was decided in 1985. Two years later , on 23 September 1987, the theater reopened its doors , completely renovated. Fifteen years after this important work it was decided to undertake a new renovation campaign , but to prevent the complete closure of the theater for an entire season , work is now carried by step during the summer . Then it is to replace aging equipment , to remedy wear certain parts of the theater and improve spectator comfort and artists during their visit . Thus in recent years, including the work involved the renovation of marble facade, replacing the carpet in the room with wooden floors , installation of a new fully decorated wooden concert to a significant improvement of acoustics, the orchestra pit and stage below .

 

The Théâtre des Champs- Elysées is now a modern working tool receiving each year nearly 300,000 spectators and a few thousands of artists and collaborators.

 

The Théâtre des Champs- Elysées , the jewel of French architecture of the twentieth century, was in 1953 one of the first buildings of contemporary architectural heritage to be classified as historic monuments . Since 1970 the Caisse des Dépôts owns the entire building 15 avenue Montaigne and principal patron of the theater.

 

For over a century, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées has been the place where the most celebrated artists have come to make their names in Paris. The world’s finest orchestras and world-class soloists have always been a fixture at the Theatre. Théâtre des Champs-Elysées presents more than 200 concerts each year and is renowned for its outstanding performances of all genres, from classical music concerts and staged opera to contemporary dance and jazz.

 

How to reach us:
 

Subway: Alma-Marceau (line 9), Franklin D.Roosevelt (line 1), Pont de l’Alma (RER line C)

Bus: n° 42, 63, 72, 80, 92
Taxi station: Place de l’Alma, corner of avenue George V
Car park: Alma George V. The entrance is in front of n° 19, avenue George V
Fixed rate depending on the length of the performance. Payment upon entering.

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