Notre-Dame de Paris
Until May 7, 2021
Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
Capacity 2700 seats
1 hour 50 minutes
Recommended for all ages
In 1965, choreographer Roland Petit reimagined Victor Hugo's novel for the Paris Opera Ballet. He joins forces with composer Maurice Jarre, fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and René Allio to bring the characters in Hugo's work to life. On the tenth anniversary of the choreographer’s death, the Paris Opera is paying tribute to him by reviving his dancing fresco.
The lightness, inventiveness and expressive choreography place this ballet by Roland Petit as a classic of the Paris Opera and timeless and universal work.
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 Berlioz. See below for more details.
Roland Petit sculpts the colorful characters of Victor Hugo's novel through thirteen paintings. You will see the endearing Quasimodo, the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, the Machiavellian Frollo and the fickle Phoebus.
Supported by the frenzied rhythms of the dances of the Corps de Ballet, these characters express the intensity of their love and jealousy through the expressionist and stylized vision of Roland Petit. The colorful costumes of Yves Saint-Laurent reminiscent of the stained glass windows of the cathedral, and the incredible decorations painted by René Allio will amaze you.
Les Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and the Corps de Ballet of the Opéra de Paris will bring to life the fantastic and gripping world of Roland Petit.
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 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. 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 complete just in time for the bicentary 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 grey 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.