Theater of the Champs-Elysées in Paris


The building of the Champs-Elysées Theater (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées) was commissioned by the impresario Gabriel Astruc in 1911-1913. The project for it was developed by architects Auguste and Gustave Pere with the participation of Henri van der Velde.

Architecture and decor

One of the first buildings in the Art Deco style in Paris, at first it was perceived negatively by the public. The five-story building was built of reinforced concrete structures with a modest amount of decorative elements.

According to the project, the theater provides three halls for spectators. The largest of them accommodates 1 people. The comedy hall located above accommodates 905 spectators, and a small studio on the fifth floor is designed for 601 theatergoers.

The facade of the theater building is decorated with a bas-relief made by the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle. The decor of the dome was designed by the artist Maurice Denis. In a large-scale artistic composition, images of ancient mythology and from the works of R. Wagner, L. van Beethoven, K. Gluck are used.

To decorate the interiors of the halls and foyer, Edouard Vuillard and Jacqueline Marvel painted several paintings. The curtain for the main hall was designed by Coeur-Xavier Roussel.

On the top floor of the theater, the Maison Blanche restaurant is open for visitors and guests of the city. In 1957, the building was recognized as an architectural monument of the early 20th century. and is under state protection.

Stars on the theater stage

The grand opening of the theater took place on April 2, 1913 with a grandiose gala concert. It was attended by five of the most famous French composers of the early 20th century: C. Debussy, C. Dukas, G. Faure, V. d'Indy, C. Saint-Saens. Shortly after the opening, a high-profile world premiere of I. Stravinsky's ballet "The Rite of Spring" took place on its stage.

Prior to World War II, the operas by G. Berlioz "Benvenuto Cellini", Fauré "Penelope", the ballet "The Firebird" by I. Stravinsky, Anna Pavlova and performances of "Russian Seasons" by S. Diaghilev were staged in the theater. On the stage there were performances based on the plays by J. Giraud "Siegfried", "Amphitrion", "Intermezzo", C. Vildrac "Madame Belliard".

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In the new century, no more than three operas per season are staged on the stage of the Champ-Elizi Theater. At the same time, it is often used as a concert venue. The theater stage has become the home of the Lamoureux Orchestra and the Orchester National de France. During tours in France, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is based here.

Address and how to get there

Address: 15 Avenue Montaigne, Paris 75008
Metro: Alma-Marceau