Spontini at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Gaspare Spontini (1774-1851) was an Italian opera composer who spent many years in Paris and later in Berlin. His best-known opera, La Vestale, was first performed in Paris in 1807. In this opera Licinius, a victorious Roman general, returns to Rome in triumph only to discover that his fiancée, Julia, Read More …

Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier

Since the name of this theater means ‘Theatre of the Old Pigeon-House’, I used to think the theater building was just that, an old pigeon-house (dovecote) that somebody decided to re-purpose after a sharp decline in the demand for pigeon meat. Considering the size of the theatre, I thought it Read More …