Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
Capacity 2700 seats
4 h 20 min
For all audiences
In German surtitled in French and in English
What could be more romantic than meeting a lover you have encountered only in your dreams, complete with a swan at his side?
The tale of Lohengrin is equal parts romance and tragedy, yet wholly and utterly complete in its majesty. Immerse yourself in the fantastic world of Richard Wagner with Lohengrin at the Opéra Bastille! This masterpiece offers its spectators an epic adventure, mixing love, betrayal, and magic. Let yourself be taken on a journey through fantastical worlds, guided by the insurmountable power of music and emotion, and the exceptional talent of Richard Wagner.
The voices are in the spotlight in this elegiac work. The Polish tenor Piotr Beczala gives us his interpretation of the titular hero, Lohengrin, the voice of either Johanni van Oostrum or Sinéad Campbell-Wallace brings the lovely Elsa von Brabant to life, and the famous dramatic soprano voice of Nina Stemme is sure to thrill us as Ortrud.
Lohengrin is one of Richard Wagner's greatest works. Just let yourself be carried away by his sensational score, and you will discover a whole world of music and beauty…
See details for our premium option below!
The Opéra Bastille presents to you a romantic opera in three acts, from the legendary mind of musical maestro Richard Wagner. The scene is set: in 10th-century Antwerp, our young protagonist Elsa is falsely accused of the murder of her brother, the heir to the Duchy of Brabant. Despondent and isolated, Elsa calls upon the aid of a knight she has met only in her dreams in a final bid for freedom. Lo and behold, none other than the knight of her dreams appears before her, led by a swan, with the promise of protecting her freedom. However, his nobility comes at a price: that she marry him, without ever asking his name nor his origins. As the couple falls in love and prepares for marriage, tensions rise, and Elsa’s inevitable curiosity effects tragic consequences…
Love, betrayal, magic, and power struggles are set against Wagner’s sensational score, which swells and pulses with sweeping melodies and powerful leitmotifs that intertwine effortlessly with the story, both anticipating and emphasizing the rise and fall of the action. A feast for the eyes and the ears, Lohengrin is indubitably a must-see for lovers of excellent music, lovers of opera, lovers of drama – for lovers everywhere, in every form.
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
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 Opéra Bastille's beautiful Salon Berlioz, reserved for primary ticket holders. As 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.
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, Lohengrin, last?
Can I take photos during the performance of Lohengrin?
Is Lohengrin 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 Lohengrin?
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 Lohengrin and I haven’t received them yet. Is this normal?
Yes, it’s completely normal! As the Premium tickets for Lohengrin 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.