Beatrice di Tenda
Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
Capacity 2700 seats
3 h 20 min
For all audiences
In Italian with French and English surtitles
Highlights: Beatrice di Tenda
Prolific composer Vincenzo Bellini is not only the creator of I Capuleti e i Montecchi, La Sonnambula, and Norma - he also composed the music for Il Pirata, La Straniera, and crucially for Beatrice di Tenda, the latter of which premiered at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice in 1833. This year at the Opéra Bastille, this little-known opera in two acts arrives for a series of exceptional performances.
Featuring a libretto by Felice Romani, Beatrice di Tenda enters the sparkling repertoire of the Opéra National de Paris, with direction from American Peter Sellars. For his very first time directing an Italian opera, he calls upon the vocal brilliance of American soprano Tamara Wilson to embody the titular Beatrice di Tenda, the baritone Quinn Kelsey in the role of Filippo Visconti, and the mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges as Agnese del Maino. With exceptional talent, this host of performers will overcome all of the complexities of this remarkable score. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover a hidden gem of Italian opera - reserve your seats while you can!
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Story: Beatrice di Tenda
Set in 15th century Milan, Beatrice di Tenda follows the dramatic events effected when Beatrice, the wife of Duke Filippo Maria Visconti, is accused of treason.
Tensions arise when Agnese del Maino, with whom Filippo Visconti is in love, suspects that Orembello, Lord of Ventimiglia, is embroiled in a sordid affair with Beatrice. Seized with jealousy, Agnese accuses Beatrice of conspiring against the Duke, and promptly has her arrested. Despite Beatrice’s pleas, Filippo refuses her release, and has her tortured to confess her supposed crime. In this way, he forces his wife to accept a false confession to save Orombello…
We’ll tell you no more! You simply must see this masterpiece from the mind of the incomparable Vincenzo Bellini at the Opéra Bastille this year – allow yourself to be carried away by the tragically captivating story of Beatrice di Tenda, wherein false accusations, imprisonment, and punishment converge in an explosively gripping story. Will justice prevail…?
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.
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Is Beatrice di Tenda 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?
The theatre doors are closed as soon as the curtain rises. 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 Beatrice di Tenda?
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 Beatrice di Tenda and I haven’t received them yet. Is this normal?
Yes, it’s completely normal! As the Premium tickets for Beatrice di Tenda 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.