Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet
Until June 11, 2024
Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
Capacity 2700 seats
2 h 35 min
For all audiences
In French with English and French surtitles
Highlights: Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet
From 1842 to 1912, Jules Massenet was a composer that set himself apart from the crowd. For almost half a century, he was considered to be the greatest French composer of his time, and remains today a composer praised for his melodic inventiveness and his depiction of love and passion.
He is best known for three major works: Werther, Manon, and Thaïs. He nevertheless composed a great many operas, from Hérodiade to Chérubin, including Le Cid, Esclarmone, La Navarraise, Cendrillon, Grisélidis, Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame, and of course not forgetting the very fine Don Quichotte.
It is this opera in five acts, based both on a libretto by Henri Cain and on the play from the novel by Cervantes, that the Opéra Bastille is presenting to us this 2024. On the stage of the Opéra Bastille, the role will be played by the impressive Ildar Abdrazakov (from May 10th-29th), and Ildebrando d'Arcangelo (from June 1st-11th). Mariane Crebassa, the beautiful French mezzo-soprano, will play Dulcinea, the woman Don Quixote adored but to whom he would never confess his love.
If you wonder what the spirit of chivalry is, come to the Opéra Bastille to learn it from the master!
Story: Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet
The scene of this fantastic opera is set in Spain. We follow the perilous adventures of Don Quixote, an idealistic and whimsical knight, and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. Don Quixote is obsessed with the quest for true love, and decides to become a knight to defend the oppressed and win the heart of Dulcinea, a beautiful peasant girl. However, his exploits are often comical and clash with reality... Sancho Panza often witnesses his delusions, but remains loyal to his master.
The opera explores themes of idealism, love, and madness, and offers a beautiful introspection on human nature. Massenet creates a spellbinding score to accompany this timeless tale, combining lyricism and comic moments, highlighting the singers' voices, and creating rich and evocative soundtracks. The opera is also known for its famous aria “Dulcinée’s Song” and a heartbreaking death.
Above all, Don Quichotte is a captivating work that transports the audience into a dreamlike world, wherein reality and imagination become one and the same. It continues to raise profound questions about the aspirations and illusions of the human condition. Why not indulge your fantasies for one evening? Let yourself be transported to Spain, in Paris, at the incredible Opéra Bastille.
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?
We invite you to arrive 45 minutes before the beginning of Don Quichotte, and present your voucher at the front desk. Opéra Bastille’s English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.
How long does the opera, Don Quichotte, last?
Don Quichotte lasts approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, with an intermission.
Can I take photos during the performance of Don Quichotte?
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 Don Quichotte. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the Opéra Bastille to remember your night out!
Is Don Quichotte for an international audience or French speakers?
Both! The Opéra Bastille has been welcoming audiences from all over the world for 30 years. This opera performance is sung in its original French version, and surtitles in both French and English are provided for audiences to appreciate this piece in one of France’s most iconic venues.
Where will I be seated, and will I see the surtitles properly?
At the Opéra Bastille, there are a maximum of three categories available, each of which provides a comfortable view of the surtitles. The surtitles are projected above and on the sides of the stage.
Subtitles or “surtitles”?
Surtitles (also called supertitles) are the theatre equivalent of subtitles. That’s because in French, “sur” means “above”. At the Opéra Bastille, the text is projected both on the sides of the auditorium, and centrally directly above the stage.
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 Don Quichotte?
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 Don Quichotte and I haven’t received them yet. Is this normal?
Yes, it’s completely normal! As the Premium tickets for Don Quichotte 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.