Onegin (Onéguine) at Opera Palais Garnier

Choreographed by John Cranko
Onegin by John Cranko at the Palais Garnier in Paris in 2024, Ballet
Opéra Palais Garnier

Until March 4, 2025

No dialogue


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


2 h 20 min

With intermission



For all audiences

No dialogue


The Russian artistic spirit can be discovered via a plethora of mediums, not least literature and art. However, ballet is an excellent and perhaps the most captivating means of doing so, especially if the ballet is one that is based on Pushkin’s novel in verse: Eugene Onegin.


The ballet, titled simply Onegin, constitutes a superb union of dance, music, and literature. Created by choreographer John Cranko, the ballet brings Pushkin’s emblematic characters to life on the lustrous stage of the Opéra Garnier via a choreography rich in nuance and subtlety. The soloists' variations, captivating pas de deux, and beautiful ensembles will plunge you into the depths of the human soul, wherein passionate desire foreshadows the unfathomable pain of loss.


With its evocative melodies and dramatic crescendos, Tchaikovsky's enchanting score provokes deep-seated emotions in its listeners. Each note and harmony underlines the emotions of the characters, and will guide you through a poignant journey of self-discovery. What better way to immerse yourself in the Russian soul, and what better way to discover the opulence of Palais Garnier!



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.


First performed in 1965, John Cranko's Onegin entered the Opéra National de Paris’s repertoire in 2009. Set in 19th-century Russian high society, the story follows the fate of Eugene Onegin, a disillusioned young aristocrat who inherited a country estate after the death of his uncle. He leads a mundane life and is bored in St Petersburg, deciding to move to the countryside where he meets Lenski, a young, idealistic poet. Lenski introduces Onegin to his fiancée Olga and his sister, Tatiana. Tatiana falls deeply in love with Onegin, and writes him a passionate letter declaring her infatuation. Onegin, surprised by the sincerity of her feelings, politely rejects her advances — a rejection which breaks Tatiana's heart.


Later, at a ball, Onegin dances with Olga, provoking Lenski's jealousy. The two friends challenge each other to a duel, and Lenski is ultimately killed. Struck with grief, this tragic event haunts Onegin, plunging him into deep regret and a search for meaning in his life. Years later, Onegin meets Tatiana, now married to a prince. She tells him that she has always loved him, but has chosen to remain faithful to her duty. Onegin then realises the value of the love he has rejected, and feels deep remorse for his past actions.

Eugene Onegin is a major work of Russian literature, and since its publication has become a major work of classical ballet. The sumptuous sets and elegant costumes recreate the opulent atmosphere of imperial Russia, and skilfully immerse you in a world of sumptuous balls, tragic duels, and lost loves, amidst other sentiments that still ring relatable to this day. It promises to be a magnificent evening. A word of advice: remember to bring a handkerchief. It's a safe bet that a dry eye will be hard to come by in the auditorium…!


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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 opera house 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 Palais Garnier opera house?

We invite you to arrive 45 minutes before the beginning of the ballet Onegin, 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 ballet, Onegin, last?

The ballet Onegin at the Palais Garnier opera house lasts approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, with intermission.

Is Onegin for an international audience or French speakers?

Both! The Palais Garnier opera house welcomes audiences from all over the world! Dance is a universal language, therefore, the ballet Onegin is accessible to anyone from any corner of the world.

Can I choose my seat when booking?

No, unfortunately it is not possible to choose your seat when booking for Onegin. 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 Onegin and I haven’t received them yet. Is this normal?

Yes, it’s completely normal! As the premium tickets for Onegin 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.