Les Brigands (The Bandits) at Opera Palais Garnier

Directed by Barrie Kosky
Les Brigands (The Bandits) at the Palais Garnier Opera House Paris 2024, Opera by Jacques Offenbach
Opéra Palais Garnier

Until July 12, 2025

French surtitled in English (See the page)


Opéra Palais Garnier
Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris
Capacity 1900 seats


2 h 50 min

With intermission



For all audiences

In French with English and French surtitles


France has produced some fantastic composers throughout history, but perhaps none as iconic as THE quintessentially French composer — Jacques Offenbach! Despite this reputation, Offenbach was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1819. A virtuoso violinist, he went on to become a cellist in the orchestra of the Opéra-Comique in Paris, where he moved to in 1833. In 1855, the Universal Exhibition decided his career, and he would go on to open his own theatre, the Bouffes-Parisiens, providing his plays only included three characters, in accordance with the rules of the day.


In 1858, he triumphed with his opéra bouffe Orphée aux Enfers, followed by Bluebeard and La vie parisienne in 1866, La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein the following year in 1867, La Périchole shortly after in 1868, and his famous opera Les contes d’Hoffman in 1881.


However, it is one very special opera in particular that we wish to share with you on this occasion. The Palais Garnier invites you to rediscover the good humour and colourful nature evoked by his characteristic music in a little-known work in comparison to his aforementioned corpus of works. This gem of the classical repertoire takes us back to the exuberant celebrations of the Second Empire — behold, Les Brigands.


An opéra-bouffe in three acts based on a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, Les Brigands is a fun-loving piece that takes to the stage of the Palais Garnier for the very first time this September! An effervescent comedy requires a plucky cast of artists and producers to ensure it lives up to its full potential — luckily, that’s exactly what the Palais Garnier has in store. Australian native director Barrie Kosky orchestrates an excellent troupe of contemporary talents. Bass-baritone Laurent Naouri assumes the role of the chief of the Carabinieri, whilst Yann Beuron will lend his tenor tone to the character of the Baron de Campo-Tasso. As for the female roles, sopranos Illanah Lobel-Torres and Héloise Poulet stun as Zerlina, Doris Lamprecht takes on the character of the Marquise, and Eugénie Joneau is the Princess of Granada.
Good humour complements an excellent score in this one-of-a-kind production that continues to entertain audiences to this day.



See details for our premium option below!


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 offer at the time of booking:


Champagne + Programme + Exclusive Access to Salon Liebermann + Show
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 Palais Garnier's opulent Salon Liebermann — a private space adjoining the Grand Foyer, offering breathtaking views of Place de l’Opéra and Avenue de l'Opéra and exclusively reserved for primary ticket holders.


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.


Offenbach’s unique talent for writing lively melodies and burlesque narratives is illustrated with excellence in this, one of his lesser-known opéra bouffes. Our two heroes, Fragoletto and Fiorella, are led on wild adventures by a troupe of brigands — Falscappa, Barbavano, Fiametta, Domino, and Carmagnola.


The opera opens with the arrival of young Fragoletto in the forest, who quickly finds himself at odds with the wily group of brigands. He soon discovers that he is in fact the son of the brigands’ leader, Falsacappa, and is promptly initiated into their way of life. Upon meeting Fiorella, the governor’s daughter, Fragoletta is quick to fall in love with her — however, as a certain bard once wrote, the course of true love never did run smooth… Social differences render their romance necessarily complicated, and the pair make plans to escape together. Meanwhile, Falsacappa and his brigands prepare to attack a stagecoach in an attempt to steal the governor’s treasure. Comical misunderstandings pepper this enjoyable tale of love, crime, and loyalties as the lovers confront the difficulties of their forbidden romance.


Ultimately, Fragoletto’s true identity as the son of a brigand is revealed, and he is forced to make a choice between staying with his newfound group or returning to his former life… Will the lovers ever be reunited?


Action and hair-raising twists await at every turn! Les Brigands promises an evening filled with laughter and suspense. A theatrical pleasure to be enjoyed with friends or with family!


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Opéra Palais Garnier

Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris

History and Fun Facts about the Opéra Palais Garnier

One of the most prestigious stages in all of France, the Palais Garnier was constructed between 1860 and 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 an 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 movement of large numbers of people; complete with a grand marble 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 accommodate 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 auditorium in the copula dome was once used strictly for cleaning the chandelier, but has since been transformed into a space for opera and dance rehearsals.


The legendary building was initially deemed the Academie Impériale 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 Haussmann 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.


Fast facts
Capacity: 1,979
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
Coat Check: Yes (free service)


How do I get to the Opera Palais Garnier in the 9th arrondissement of Paris?

The Palais Garnier opera house is accessible by:
Metro: Line 3 (station Opéra), line 7 (station Chaussée d’Antin), line 8 (station Madeleine and Opéra), line 9 (station Chaussée d’Antin)
RER: Line A (station Auber)
Address: Place de l’Opéra, 75009 Paris
In case of difficulty, our hotline can be reached during our business hours. Please see the footer of this page for our contact details.

What do I do when I get to the Palais Garnier?

We invite you to arrive 45 minutes before the beginning of the opera Les Brigands, and present your voucher at the front desk. Palais Garnier’s English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.
The concert hall’s 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 opera house 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.

How long does the opera, Les Brigands, last?

The opera Les Brigands at the Palais Garnier opera house lasts approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes, with intermission.

Is Les Brigands for an international audience or French speakers?

Both! The Palais Garnier opera house has been welcoming audiences from all over the world for many years. The opera, Les Brigands, is sung in its original French version. Surtitles are provided in both French and English so that international audiences can appreciate this opera in this incredible Parisian venue.

Where will I be seated, and will I see the surtitles* properly?

At the Palais Garnier opera house, there are a maximum of two categories available, each of which provides a comfortable view of the surtitles. The surtitles are projected above and on the sides of the stage.
*Surtitles (also called supertitles) are the theatre equivalent of subtitles. That’s because in French “sur” means “above”.

Can I choose my seat when booking?

No, unfortunately it is not possible to choose your seat when booking for Les Brigands. However, you can choose the category and we will allocate you the best seats in the chosen category!
Please note that 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.
If there are no available adjacent seating arrangements, our customer service team will contact you before the booking is confirmed.


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.


You can find the seating plan in the theatre’s "photo" section on this page.

Is there a dress code at the Palais Garnier opera house?

There is no specific dress code at Palais Garnier opera house, but proper attire is appreciated. Feel free to dress to impress and reflect the opulent architecture at Palais Garnier!

What is included with my premium ticket at the Palais Garnier opera house?

The Premium tickets are our most exclusive package and include seating in category Optima, the best category in the house, a programme of the show, a glass of champagne, and exclusive access to the magnificent Salon Liebermann.


Your programme: At the Palais Garnier, you may obtain your programme in the main shop as well as at the programme stands located in the entry hall and at the bottom of the prestigious Grand Staircase.
Your glass of champagne: You are welcome to enjoy your complementary glass of champagne either before the performance or during intermission. Champagne will be available at 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.

I bought premium tickets for Les Brigands and I haven’t received them yet. Is this normal?

Yes, it’s completely normal! As the premium tickets for Les Brigands include exclusive add-ons, your order will first be created as a pre-booking so the Paris Opera 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 Paris Opera. After the tickets are confirmed, you will receive your tickets by email.
Given the large number of requests the Paris Opera receives, this process usually takes two business days but can take up to six days maximum. After six days if your order has not been validated, it will be cancelled, the pre-charge will disappear, and you will not be charged.

Are there any special requirements for access to this show during the Olympic and Paralympic Games?

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games will take place from 26 July to 11 August 2024. The Paralympic Games will run from 28 August to 08 September 2024.

If you decide to go and see a show during this period, it is very important to find out about the measures put in place by the City of Paris during this period, which will be placed under the sign of security. In some areas, it will be essential for everyone to have a ‘Pass Jeux’ QR code to access the security zone.

For the latest and most up-to-date information on the Olympic Games, visit this website.

To apply for a ‘Pass Jeux’ to enter a security zone, visit this website.

To see an interactive map of the security zones and traffic advisories, visit this website.

Please note that your tickets will not be refunded if you are unable to present your QR code and are unable to attend a performance.