A Trip to the Moon

Opéra Comique

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French surtitled in English (See the page)


Opéra Comique
Place Boieldieu - 75002 Paris
Capacity 1200 seats


2h 15min

With intermission



For all audiences

In French subtitled in French and English

Highlights: A Trip to the Moon

Let's face it, A Trip To The Moon is not the best-known of Jacques Offenbach's operas. This work, which Jacques Offenbach himself called an "opera-féerie", is set in four acts, and has a libretto by Albert Vanloo, Eugène Leterrier, and Arnold Mortier. It was a huge success, no doubt due to the fact that the work was inspired by two novels by Jules Verne - From the Earth to the Moon and Journey To The Center of the Earth - and above all because of the composer's joyful music, his characteristic tunes, and his lively ballets. The zaniness of the opera becomes clear once you’ve heard the characters’ names: King V'Lan, Prince Caprice, Microscope, Popotte... Who says that opera stories are always sad?

Story: A Trip to the Moon

How about a trip to the moon? With the great Jacques Offenbach, certainly! The journey is sure to be joyful, full of fantasy, as well as plenty of twists and turns. Indeed, the Selenites (Offenbach’s " inhabitants of the Moon") are astounded when they see three Earthlings - Prince Caprice, King V'Lan, and the astronomer Microscope - who provide them with elixirs that will produce unexpected effects. 

Laurent Pelly, the great French director, set designer, and costume designer, has created a joyful show full of surprises that will appeal to adults, and will also provide a first opportunity for the youngest audience members to appreciate opera. So, shall we meet you there? Where? On the moon, of course! Join us on A Trip to the Moon!


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Opéra Comique

Place Boieldieu - 75002 Paris

History and Fun Facts about the Opéra Comique

If you take a walk in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, you will be delighted to discover in the small, quaint Place Boieldieu, a superb building of beautiful proportions topped by six caryatids: the Opéra Comique, a theatre house in Paris, which celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2015. You will be surprised to learn that this gold and red auditorium, also known as Salle Favart, is considered the first modern theatre in France because it was the first to be designed with fully electric equipment for both public and stage lighting.

That doesn’t rest as the only surprise… Despite its name, the Opéra Comique doesn’t only perform comic operas, a particular kind of musical show that mixes sung arias with spoken theatre (the ancestor of the musical), but a wide range of operas as well! It was in this venue that works that are now internationally known were created, such as Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust, Delibes's Lakmé, Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande... but also Massenet's Manon and Bizet's Carmen! This hall has welcomed the finest composers and never ceased to welcome works from the contemporary repertoire. Viva la musica! Viva l'opera!

Fast facts
Capacity: 1200
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air conditioning: No
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: Yes (free service)


How do I get to the Opéra Comique?

The Opéra Comique is accessible by metro lines 3, 7, 8, 9 and the nearest stations are Opéra, Quatre Septembre, or Grands Boulevards. The Opéra Comique is also accessible by the RER A at the station Auber or by bus lines 20, 32, 39, 29, 45, 74, and 89. Our customer service department can be contacted in case of difficulty from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday. For more information, please consult the map above.

What do I do when I get to the Opéra Comique?

We invite you to arrive 45 minutes before the beginning of A Trip to the Moon, and present your voucher at the front desk. The Opéra Comique’s English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.

What does my ticket for A Trip to the Moon entitle me to?

With the purchase of a ticket, you can attend a presentation before the show that will give you access to the "keys to the show" and the possibility of singing in the rotunda under the direction of a professional conductor. This presentation takes place 45 minutes before the performance of A Trip to the Moon.

Is it a show for travelers or French people?

Both! The Opéra Comique has been welcoming audiences from all over the world for 300 years. A Trip to the Moon is sung in French, and subtitles in both French and English are provided for audiences to appreciate in one of France’s most iconic venues.

Is there a specific dress code at the Opéra Comique?

No, there is no specific dress code at the Opéra Comique, however, proper attire is always appreciated.

What to do if I am late to the performance of A Trip to the Moon?

The doors are closed as soon as the curtain rises. Access may be refused or subject to certain conditions.

Can I take photos during A Trip to the Moon?

In order not to disturb the artists on stage, and for the comfort of other guests, you are not permitted to photograph, film, or record the performance for the duration of A Trip to the Moon. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the Opéra Comique to remember your night out!

Is tipping customary at the Opéra Comique?

Ushers at the Opéra Comique do not accept tips.

Is there a coat room at the Opéra Comique?

A free cloakroom is available in the entrance hall of the theatre. The Opéra Comique does not accept means of transport such as skates or folding bikes. For security reasons, travel bags and suitcases are not allowed.

Subtitles or “surtitles”?

Surtitles (also called supertitles) are the theatre equivalent of subtitles. That’s because in French “sur” means “above”. At the Opéra Comique, the text is projected both on the sides of the auditorium, and centrally directly above the stage.