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November 2020

A masterpiece of modern opera as much for its orchestral flamboyance as for its glowing sensuality, the score of Salome is steeped in a world of cruelty and perversion from beginning to end. But what a work! A subtle hint of obsession permeates the score, moving from one protagonist to another. In Strauss's work, Krzysztof Warlikowski finds an ideal backdrop for a dramaturgy with multiple areas of exploration. Role-playing or reality, everyone will either find their way or get lost in it. This powerful production was premiered at the Munich Opera last season. Its performance at the Théàtre des Champs-Elysées this season will feature performers who are well-versed in the Straussian repertoire, including Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Gábor Bretz and Sophie Koch, and will also provide an opportunity for Patricia Petibon to take on the title role, one of the most demanding in the 20th century repertoire. A role in which the whole psychological spectrum is summoned, from ingenuity to mystical madness. And then of course, there is the famous Dance of the Seven Veils, a pivotal moment in the work before Salome's final monologue between delirium and confession, ending with the observation that "the mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death". Truly grandiose.

COPRODUCTION Bayerische Staatsoper / Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
France Musique broadcasts this opera.

Program and cast

Henrik Nánási | direction
Krzysztof Warlikowski | staging
Claude Bardouil | choreography
Małgorzata Szczęśniak | sets and costumes
Felice Ross | lights
Kamil Polak | video

Patricia Petibon | Salome
Gábor Bretz | Iokanaan
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke | Herode
Sophie Koch | Herodias
Oleksiy Palchykov | Narraboth
Emanuela Pascu | The page of Herodias
Alexandrer Kravets | 1st Jew
François Piolino | 2nd Jew
Rodolphe Briand | 3rd Jew
Gregory Bonfatti | 4th Jew
Geoffroy Buffière | 5th Jew
Kristof Klorek | First soldier
Jean-Vincent Blot | Second soldier
Ugo Rabec | First Nazarene
Mark Van Arsdale | Second Nazarene
Francesco Salvadori | A Cappadocian
Tamara Bounazou | A slave

Orchestre National de France

Sung in German, subtitled in French and English

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
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