Théâtre du Châtelet

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The Théâtre du Châtelet

The Théâtre du Châtelet is a Parisian theater. It is located in the 1st arrondissement , 2 rue Edouard Colonne, and opened in 1862. Today, the Théâtre du Châtelet mainly performs operas and classical concerts.


Théâtre impérial du Châtelet

The theater built by Gabriel Davioud before 1879
The Théâtre du Châtelet around 1900

The Théâtre impérial du Châtelet was built between 1860 and 1862 by Gabriel Davioud on behalf of Baron Haussmann on the Place du Châtelet , at the same time as the Théâtre de la Ville , which is on the same square opposite. It has 2500 seats. The opening took place on April 19, 1862 in the presence of the Empress Eugénie with a performance of Rothomago von d'Ennery, Clairville and Monnier.

Auditorium (2008)

At the beginning of the 20th century, the theater opened to operetta , ballet and classical and popular concerts. At times it was even available for film screenings.

The Théâtre du Châtelet welcomed international ballet companies such as the Ballets Russes Diaghilews or the ballet of today's Mariinsky Theater . Here, on May 19, 1909, the Polovtsian Dances by Michel Fokine to music by Alexander Borodin , Petrushka by Igor Stravinsky on June 3, 1911, and Parade by Satie and Cocteau on May 18, 1917 .

Tchaikovsky , Mahler and Richard Strauss performed as conductors .

From 1929 on, the Théâtre du Châtelet mainly performed operettas under the direction of Maurice Lehmann, including mainly Nina Rosa (1931) with André Baugé, Im Weiße Rößl (1948, 1953, 1960 and 1968), Valses de Vienne (1943, 1957, 1964 and 1974), Pour Don Carlos (1950) with Georges Guétary, Le Chanteur de Mexico (1951) with Luis Mariano and Rudy Hirigoyen, La Toison d'Or (1954) with André Dassary, Méditerranée (1956) with Tino Rossi , Rose de Noël (1957) with André Dassary, Le Secret de Marco Polo (1958) with Luis Mariano, La Polka des lampions (1961) and Monsieur Carnaval (1965) with Georges Guétary and Jean Richard.

Maurice Lehmann performed works by Sigmund Romberg , Henri Christiné , Maurice Yvain , Pierre Petit , Francis Lopez, Henri Betti, Jean-Jacques Damase, Gérard Calvi and Charles Aznavour . His successor Marcel Lamy , former head of the Opéra-Comique , produced the last two operettas by Luis Mariano, Le Prince de Madrid (1967) and La Caravelle d'or (1969). After a few years of less success, the Théâtre du Châtelet came back into the limelight with Gipsy (1972) and Volga (1976) by Francis Lopez with José Todaro.

Théâtre musical de Paris

In 1979 the city of Paris took over the theater. After a thorough renovation, it reopened in 1980 as the Théâtre musical de Paris . Operettas continued to be performed, such as Parisian Life , The Merry Widow , The Bat and La Fille de Madame Angot . Opera seasons followed with works by Verdi and Wagner and well-known international artists. In 1989 the acoustics were improved and the old name Théâtre du Châtelet was adopted again. The frescoes on themes from the history of music by Valerio Adami on the back wall of the foyer, which are visible through the large windows up to the Place du Châtelet , give the historic building a visual rejuvenation.

Stéphane Lissner , the director from 1995 to 1999, again improved the acoustics and visibility. The Orchester de Paris and Orchester philharmonique de Radio France were located here until they moved to the Salle Pleyel in September 2006 . The Philharmonia Orchestra London has played at the Théâtre du Châtelet every year since 1993.

Every year in February, the French César film award is presented at the Théâtre du Châtelet .

The Théâtre du Châtelet is also the venue for the films The Concert and Diva .


  • John Allison (Ed.): Great Opera Houses of the World . Supplement to Opera . 2003.
  • Pierre Bergé , René Sirvin: Théâtre du Châtelet. Un festival permanent (1999-2006). Photographs by Marie-Noëlle Robert. Édition Cercle d'Art, Paris 2006, ISBN 2-7022-0767-7 .
  • Gesa zur Nieden: From the Grand Spectacle to the Great Season. The Parisian Théâtre du Châtelet as a space for musical production and reception (1862–1914) . Böhlau, Vienna et al. 2010, ISBN 978-3-486-59238-2 ( Die Gesellschaft der Oper 6).

Web links

Commons : Théâtre du Châtelet  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Tony Reeves: Filming Locations for Jean-Jacques Seeleix's Diva (1981), in Paris. In: The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations, Retrieved July 25, 2017 .

Coordinates: 48 ° 51 ′ 28 "  N , 2 ° 20 ′ 47"  E