Until February 7, 2024
Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
Capacity 2700 seats
3 h 25 min
For all audiences
In Italian with French and English surtitles
Highlights: Adriana Lecouvreur
Discover Francesco Cilea’s incredible opera verista, Adriana Lecouvreur, performed for your viewing pleasure at the Opéra Bastille. This production features the famous Russian soprano, Anna Netrebko, who will be performing from January 16th to 25th, and Anna Pirozzi, who takes the stage from January 28th to February 7th. These powerhouses perform alongside sensational singers, such as Yusif Eysavov and Giorgio Berrugi in the role of the Count of Saxony, and Ekatarina Semenchuk or Clementine Margaine in that of the Princess of Bouillon.
This hair-raising opera is a powerful story of love and jealousy, based loosely on the life and death of one real French actress from the 18th century. David McVicar’s exquisite staging is crafted to transport its audience into a captivating universe, which in turn exudes an atmosphere reminiscent of a Watteau painting. Love, passion, and rivalry with bring these colourful characters to life and reignite the charm of this classic tale.
Italian conductor Jader Bignamini takes the role of musical director for this production, guaranteeing a high quality performance and an impressive score. Featuring a host of talented artists and impeccable staging, the Opéra Bastille invites you to experience the passions of life and love on-stage in real time. An enchanting evening awaits you… book your tickets now!
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Story: Adriana Lecouvreur
Who is the famous Adriana Lecouvreur, from whom this timeless piece takes its title, and for what reason is this four-act opera written about her?
This opera verista, composed in 1902 by Italian composer Francesco Cilea, dedicates itself in part to the life and mysterious death of a great French actress; a tragedienne revered by Voltaire and the philosophers of her time, and a member of the honourable Comédie-Française, where she performed more than 1,500 times before her unexpected death. This 18th century actress revolutionising theatrical acting, and adopted a more nuanced and naturalistic interpretation that indubitably left an impression on theatre forever. Today, she is remembered as much for her thespian achievements as for her sudden and scandalous death at the age of 38.
Rumour has it that Adriana Lecouvreur was felled after sniffing a bouquet of poisoned flowers, sent to her by her love rival, the Princess of Bouillon. The intriguing nature of her demise was enough to inspire Scribe and Legouvé, the librettists who created this incredible tragic tale of love and rivalry.
Adriana Lecouvreur lends a stunning soprano voice to an authentic, lyrical tragedy character. The Opéra Bastille offers us a fantastic opportunity to discover one of the most beautiful roles in lyrical theatre… don’t miss out!
Add-On & Special Experience
Looking for more than a standard ticket to the show? To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose this following upgraded offers at the time of booking:
Champagne + Programme + Exclusive Access to Salon Berlioz + Show
Indulge in the premium opera experience! Elevate your evening with our exclusive package, available even after standard ticket sales have closed. With this premium option, relish a glass of champagne, receive a show program, and enjoy privileged access to the Opéra Bastille's opulent Salon Berlioz—an intimate space reserved for our premium guests.
Please note, this special package is exclusively offered through the Theatre in Paris box office, thanks to our official partnership with the Friends of Paris Opera Association. Don't miss the chance to make your opera night truly exceptional.
Designed by Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, the building was commissioned by French President François Mitterrand and inaugurated in 1989. For years, many had lamented the lack of a modern venue in Paris capable of welcoming modern concerts and performances with different acoustic approaches, and the flexibility that a modulable venue lends. A movement started in the 1960s called for a larger new venue in Paris that would appeal to the masses, a modern compliment to the elaborate Palais Garnier. Just over 100 years after the inauguration of the Palais Garnier, the demands finally won over the newly-elected President Mitterrand, who supported the project as the headliner among many modern works launched during his term. Selecting the popular Bastille neighbourhood for its ease of accessibility from Paris and the surrounding areas, the old Bastille Train Station was destroyed to make way for the construction of the new venue. The building was completed just in time for the bicentenary of the French Revolution.
The venue has undergone many changes in direction resulting from varying political affiliations, and has undergone major renovations since its construction to repair and to soundproof the entire structure. Unlike other auditorium designs, each and every seat at the Opéra Bastille guarantees an unrestricted view of the stage. With its white glass ceiling, crisp gray compliments, and black seating adorned with rich oak, the venue is an ode to modernity and simplistic design. From the exterior, made of blue granite from Brittany and blocks of glass, light is reflected from every corner of this angular venue.
Fast facts Capacity: 2745 Handicap Accessible: Yes – in order to guarantee access to specific locations, we ask that you make your reservation at least 15 days before the performance. Air conditioning: Yes Heating: Yes
How do I get to Opéra Bastille in the 12th arrondissement of Paris?
The Opéra Bastille is accessible by: Metro lines: The Opéra Bastille is accessible by the Metro lines 1, 5, and 8, which run until the metro station Bastille. RER lines: The Opéra Bastille is accessible by the RER lines A and D, which run until the RER station Gare de Lyon. Bus lines: The Opéra Bastille is accessible by the bus lines 29, 87, 91, 76, and 86, which run until the following stations: Bastille, Bastille - Faubourg Saint-Antoine. Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.
What do I do when I get to Opéra Bastille?
How long does the opera, Adriana Lecouvreur, last?
Can I take photos during the performance of Adriana Lecouvreur?
Is Adriana Lecouvreur for an international audience or French speakers?
Where will I be seated, and will I see the surtitles properly?
Subtitles or “surtitles”?
Does the Opéra Bastille have a specific dress code?
There is no specific dress code, but proper attire is appreciated. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in business casual or chic attire. For Parisian operas and ballets, the dress code tends to be a bit fancier than in other venues, so feel free to have a little fun and dress to impress. Generally, elegant casual wear is required, and jackets are recommended for men. Shorts, bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear and trainers are discouraged.
Is there a coat check available at the Opéra Bastille?
Is tipping customary at Opéra Bastille in Paris?
At the Opéra Bastille, it is customary not to tip ushers.
If I'm late, will I still be allowed into the show?
Theatre doors close 15 minutes after the start of the performance and reopen at intermission if the performance includes one.
If you arrive within 15 minutes after the start of the performance, you will not be allowed to enter the theatre and will be directed to an area with a television where you can watch the first part of the show. You will be able to return to your seats during the intermission if the performance includes one.
What is included with my Premium ticket for Adriana Lecouvreur?
If I purchased Premium tickets, where can I collect my programme and my glass of champagne?
At the Opéra Bastille, you may pick up your programme in the main shop as well as at the programme stands located at the main entrance, 2nd floor, and 4th floor. You can choose to enjoy your glass of champagne before the performance or during intermission. Champagne will be available at public bars or in the exclusive Salon Berlioz. The Salon is located on the first floor, at the right of the entrance to the Opéra Bastille. It is accessible by elevator or by stairs.
I bought Premium tickets for Adriana Lecouvreur and I haven’t received them yet. Is this normal?
Yes, it’s completely normal! As the Premium tickets for Adriana Lecouvreur include exclusive add-ons, your order will first be created as a pre-booking so that the Opéra de Paris can assign your seats and prepare your exclusive package. You may see a pre-charge on your card, but you can rest assured that we will not charge your card until the booking is validated by the Opéra de Paris. After the tickets are validated, you will receive your tickets by email. Given the large number of requests the Opéra de Paris has to manage, this process usually takes two days, but can take up to six days maximum. If your order has not been validated after six days, it will be cancelled, the pre-charge will disappear, and you will not be charged.
How do I know if my seats are next to each other?
Tickets of the same category that are booked during the same purchase session in the same booking order on our website are always assigned side by side. To be sure of this, make sure all of your tickets are in the same category and are included in your shopping cart at the time of purchase.
At the Paris Opera, the seats are assigned in odd numbers or even numbers. Therefore, if your tickets are consecutive odd numbers or even numbers (For example: 1, 3, 5,...), they will be adjacent.
If there are no available adjacent seating arrangements, our customer service team will contact you before the booking is confirmed.