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This historic theater was built in the 1890s and has been a subsidized public theater since 1982. It is used mainly for spoken drama, but also has a small orchestra pit for musical productions.
La Carmencita, which I saw there, is an adapted version of the opera Carman by Georges Bizet, re-written for nine singers, one actor and fifteen musicians. The intention was to re-tell the story with the intensity of a small-theater drama, and it worked beautifully.
But the main purpose of this series of eight performances was to show off the fantastic young singer-actors who are just graduating from the Young Singers of the Rhine at the National Opera of the Rhine in Strasbourg. I don't know when I've ever seen a more seductive young Carman than Carolina Bruck Santos or a more expressive young Don José than Roger Padulles Pubill.
So if you ever see these names on the playbill of some big opera house, remember you read about them here first.
Second photo: In the lobby before show time.
Third photo: Looking out from the lobby.
Fourth photo: People in the lobby during the intermission.
Fifth photo: Inside the theater, looking up.
Louis Jouvet, a popular stage and screen actor, was the director of the Athénée Théâtre from 1934 until his death in 1951. His name was added to the theater?s name after his death.
For a few remarks on Louis Jouvet as a film actor, please see my tips Atmosphère, atmosphère and Hôtel du Nord: the place, the book and the film.
Location, aerial view and photo of Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet on monumentum.fr
Update 2016: The Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet will remain closed until September 2016 for extensive works of restoration and modernization. Among other things they are enlarging and improving the orchestra pit, increasing accessibility for the handicapped and renewing the system of ventilation and heating. But they assure us that they are not changing the theatre, just improving it.
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