Many pages of history have been turned under its gold.
And the symphonic repertoire is no stranger to it.
It is therefore quite natural that for this 2023-2024 season, which will see the 110th anniversary of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, its director Michel Franck wished to summon the great chefs and the great phalanxes who made history, and combine today the orchestra still today.
One anniversary calling for another, these 110 years will first and foremost allow us to celebrate 100 years of the presence of the Viennese on Avenue Montaigne!
It was in fact in 1924 that this tradition of inviting musicians from the Austrian capital to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées began.
And it was at the time the musicians of the Staatsoper Orchester who were to open the ball, under the baton of the demanding Franz Schalk, great bard of tradition and of Mozart.
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As a symbol, the Opera orchestra will return this season to celebrate this centenary, under the baton of its musical director, Philippe Jordan, in February in
A few years later, it was the Philharmonikers, detached from the pit, which in turn marked the history of the TCE.
Among others with the French creation of
But also by the arrival of chefs of the caliber of Karl Böhm or Karajan.
A tradition renewed after the 1990s, with drumsticks as diverse as they are illustrious, ranging from Lorin Maazel to Andris Nelsons, via Valery Gergiev.
All left at the desk of the Austrian phalanx so many unforgettable evenings.
From September, the young Czech Jakub Hrusa will succeed them on the stage of the avenue Montaigne.
Proving that this rich history is combined not only with the past and the present, but also with the future.
At the heart of this other "Parisian home of orchestras" that is the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Vienna is not the only one to have citizenship.
Far from it.
For its opening of the season, it is thus the Orchester de la Scala, with the essential Riccardo Chailly, which should mark the spirits in an all Verdi program.
In total, no less than 31 symphony concerts will punctuate this new season.
Led by batons as incandescent as those of Vladimir Jurowski (with his Bayerisches Staatsorchester), Thomas Hengelbrock (Paris Chamber Orchestra, September 19, before
But also Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who continues his integral of the Wagnerian
in concert with the Rotterdams Philharmonisch by
- which will see the debut of Stanislas de Barbeyrac in Sigmund!
François-Xavier Roth, who continues his long-term residency with the Les Siècles orchestra at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées with four concerts ranging from Rameau to Schoenberg - according to the tradition of the opening of the Siècles, and of course a new stage production:
Magic Flute .
Christian Thielemann, who at the end of the season will orchestrate the return of his Staatskapelle in Dresden, in a program commensurate with his career as both an operatic and symphonic conductor (Wagner, Weber, Strauss, etc.)
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Without forgetting the succession, to which Michel Franck always remains attentive.
Whether it's supporting young voices or the future instrumental soloists of tomorrow, or offering a chance to young potential conductors.
Victor Julien-Laferrière, whom we have seen swapping the bow for the tailcoat on several occasions this season, and who will continue to do so next season at the TCE, is definitely one of them!