Le Rouge et le Noir
Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris
Capacity 1900 seats
2 hours and 30 minutes
Recommended for all ages
French choreographer Pierre Lacotte has long been a household name at the Paris Opera, previously bringing balletic masterpieces such as Coppélia, Paquita and La Sylphide to its stages. In this ballet he takes on The Red and the Black (Le Rouge et Le Noir), the legendary novel by French writer Stendhal. And he won’t be responsible for the choreography alone: Lacotte has designed costumes and set too for this world première staging of the dazzling rise and tumultuous adventurers of young hero, Julien Sorel.
This sumptuous new production is performed by the Étoiles and Premiers Danseurs of the Paris Opera Ballet, with an original score by Jules Massenet.
To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose from a selection of unique add-ons upon booking, such as a private cocktail, or a glass of champagne and exclusive access to the Salon Liebermann. See below for more details.
At the ripe age of 18, Julien Sorel is the irresistible protégé of the Abbé Chelan. With a little help from the abbot, Julien takes his first steps into the world of the provincial French bourgeoisie as a tutor for the children of the Rênal family. That soon leads to a love affair with Mrs Rênal. Armed with his ever persistent ambition, Julien climbs up the social ladder and finds himself rubbing shoulders with the Parisian aristocracy while working as secretary for the Marquis de La Mole. Once again, passion follows and, before long, Julien has charmed his way into the arms of his employer’s daughter Mathilde. At the height of his glory, Julien finds himself caught between a fatal dispute between his former lover Madame Rênal, now out for revenge, and his new flame Mathilde, who’ll stop at nothing to protect him. The tragic rise and fall of Julien Sorel plays out against the tumultuous backdrop of 19th century France.
Add-Ons & Special Experiences
Looking for more than a standard ticket to the show? To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose one of the following upgrated offers at the time of booking:
Private Dinner Cocktail + Champagne + Programme + Show (6 pers. minimum)
This package includes an exclusive private lounge, an assortment of 25 appetisers per person, champagne, wines and soft drinks.
Private Cocktail + Champagne + Programme + Show (6 pers. minimum)
This package includes an exclusive private lounge, an assortment of 10 appetisers per person, champagne and soft drinks.
Champagne + Programme + Exclusive Access to Salon Liebermann + Show
This package is available even after standard sales for the opera are closed. It includes a glass of champagne, a show programme, and exclusive access to the Palais Garnier's beautiful Salon Liebermann, reserved for primary ticket holders. A result of our official partnership with the Friends of Paris Opera Association, the package can only be purchased via the Theatre in Paris box office.
Specific measures and obligations may apply to this show. Before making your reservation, please check the updated information on our Covid-19 page: https://www.theatreinparis.com/en/page/covid-19
Opéra Palais Garnier
One of the most prestigious stages in all of France, the Palais Garnier was constructed from 1860 to 1875, designed by legendary architect Charles Garnier, who was selected among a handful of talented architects in a fierce design competition. The building itself is considered a artful masterpiece, and was one of the most expensive construction projects to come from the Second French Empire under the reign of Napoléon III. The elaborate use of different materials to lend a lavish multicolored facade was typical of many of the works under the rule of Napoléon III, and features sculptures of various figures of Greek mythology. The official inauguration in 1875 was attended by the Mayor of London and Amsterdam, the King Alphonso XII of Spain, and hundreds of members from European high society.
The interior was meticulously designed with intertwining corridors, alcoves and landings to allow for easy movment of large numbers of people; complete with a grand marbled staircase and the grand foyer, acting as the drawing room for all of Paris high society and covered in gilded paintings. The auditorium itself is in a traditional Italian horseshoe shape, seating 1900. The stage is the largest in Europe and can accomodate 450 artists, revealed by the opening of the legendary painted curtain. Garnier himself designed the 7-tonne chandelier sparkling above the audience. In 1896, one of the many chandelier counterweights broke free and killed a concierge, the incident that inspired the scenes in the 1910 novel-turned-musical The Phantom of the Opera. The space above the audotorium in the copula dome was once used strictly for cleaning the chandelier, but has since been transformed into a space for opera and dance rehersals.
The legendary building was initially deemed the Academie Imperiale de Musique, yet with the fall of the Second Empire and the start of the Third Republic, this was aptly changed for the Academie Nationale de Musique, which we see written across the exterior facade to this day. Garnier envisioned his design and the transformation of the surrounding area, and to this day the opulence of the Second Empire lives on in this living monument. The avenue de l'Opéra remains the only large Parisian corridor without trees, as Garnier explicitly prevented Hausmann from adorning the street with trees, arguing that his Palais Garnier was to be the main focus. Palais Garnier became the official name in 1989 with the construction of the Opéra Bastille, and the venue now houses primarily ballets.
How do I get to the Opéra Palais Garnier?
The theatre is accessible by the metro station Opéra (Lines 3, 7, 8 and RER A). Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre weekdays from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.
What do I do when I get to the theatre?
We invite you to arrive 20 minutes before the beginning of the show, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats. Please note that the performances at the Palais Garnier begin precisely on time, and all late arrivals will not be permitted to enter the auditorium until intermission.
Is there a coat check available?
Free cloakrooms are available on various floors of the theatre. Travel bags and suitcase are not allowed.
Does the venue have a specific dress code?
For Parisian operas and ballets, the dress tends to be a bit fancier than in other venues, so feel free to have a little fun and dress to impress. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in casual chic attire. Generally, elegant casual wear is required, jackets are recommended for men. Shorts, Bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear and trainers are discouraged.
How long does the show last?
The ballet Le Rouge et Le Noir lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes including two intermissions.
Can I take photos during the performance?
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 the show. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the wonderful Opéra Palais Garnier to remember your night out!
Where do I collect my final tickets, show programme and champagne?
In order to collect your tickets, please go to the main reception desk of the Opéra Garnier located on the right as you enter, with your Theatre in Paris tickets. You will be able to exchange them for your final tickets. You can collect your tickets from an hour and a half before the start of the performance. At the Opéra Garnier, you can collect your included show programme in the main store, at the programme stand in the entry hall, or at the programme stand at the bottom of the Grand Staircase. You can choose to enjoy your champagne or desired beverage before the performance or during intermission at any of the public bars or in the exclusive Salon Liebermann. The Salon is located on the right-hand side of the Grand Foyer, behind the fireplace.