Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Announces 2010-2011 Season

The Paris performance season runs from September to June, and if you’re planning to visit Paris in the fall or winter, check out the newly released schedule at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

The season’s offerings include top-rate orchestras and soloists, as well as opera and ballet. YoYo Ma, Orchestre National de France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Rotterdam are a few of the performers – and that’s only September.

They’ve also added a Sunday morning concert series at the performance hall, and a Bach organ series at Eglise-St-Louis-en-Ile. Built in the second half of the 17th century, the church has a bright Baroque interior, alabaster carvings, and an organ that is one of the best in Paris.

The atmosphere at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées is second only to the Opéra Garnier. The Art Deco concert hall was created by Auguste Perret in 1911. Murals are by Vuillard, and sculptor Antoine Bourdelle designed the reliefs. The Ballets Russes performed here in the theater’s early days, and Stravinsky’s first rendition of the Rite of Spring caused an uproar.

Tickets are also easier to come by than at the Paris Opéra, with lower prices and no waiting periods. You’ll need a French speaker to help you, though, as the website is in French.