Opera Garnier Concert Series

Chamber Music Concert at Opera Palais Garnier, Paris, 2024, concert
Opéra Palais Garnier

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Location

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

Duration

1 h 30 min

With intermission


Details

Concert

For all audiences

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HIGHLIGHTS: OPERA GARNIER CONCERT SERIES

The talented musicians of the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris invite you to rediscover the music of Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Georg Philipp Telemann, Georg Friedrich Handel, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Marin Marais, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Samuel Barber, Alexandre Borodine, and a host of other revered composers within the great and opulent hall of the Palais Garnier.

 

For four Sundays per season, the musicians of the Paris Opera Orchestra offer exceptional chamber music concerts in the main auditorium of the Palais Garnier. The concerts, entitled Concertini, Splendeurs baroques, Amériques and Cordes de l'Est offering the perfect afternoon activity.
For each concert, a completely different atmosphere is offered in the hall that has left audiences in awe for decades, the legendary Palais Garnier.

 

Contemporary talents breathe new life into incredible classical works — book your tickets early, as these concerts are in great demand!

Concerts programme

Sunday, May 26th, 2024 at 12:00 p.m.
“Nature”
Gustav Mahler: Piano Quartet in A minor
Mel Bonis: Scenes from the Forest
Franz Schreker: Der Wind
Hanns Eisler: 14 Arten den Regen zu beschreiben

 

Sunday, October 27th, 2024 at 12:00 p.m.
Concertini - Opera Palais Garnier Concert Series
With the musicians of the Orchestre National de Paris
Igor Stravinsky: Concertino
Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes Op. 34
Stravinsky: Septet
Janacek: Concertino

 

Sunday, March 23rd, 2025 at 12:00 p.m.
Baroque Splendours - Opera Palais Garnier Concert Series
With the musicians of the Orchestre National de Paris
Telemann: Heldenmuik
Gabrieli: Canzone per sonare primi toni, O magnum mysterium
Handel: Da quel giorno fatale
Bach: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied
Rameau: Suite from Dardanus
Praetorius: Suite from Terpsichore
Marin Marais: Les Folies d'Espagne

 

Sunday, May 4th, 2025 at 12:00 p.m.
Americas - Opera Palais Garnier Concert Series
With the musicians of the Orchestre National de Paris
Villa-Lobos: Quintet in the form of chôros
Henry Cowell: Suite for Wind Quintet
Villa-Lobos: Wind Quartet W. 230
Barber: Summer Music
Piazzolla: Primavera Porteña, Oblivion

 

Sunday, June 22nd, 2025 at 12:00 p.m.
Strings in the East - Opera Palais Garnier Concert Series
With the musicians of the Orchestre National de Paris
Borodin: String Sextet
Enesco: String Octet, Op.7

Reviews

Enjoy architecture and a ballet performance
Spectacular architecture and interior, truly enjoyed modern ballet with austere decoration in a sumptuous interior! You can come for a tour at day time or combine it with a ballet performance in a evening, highly recommend the latter!
Nata
Great outing with friends or family!
This is by far one of the best experiences you can have in Paris. Worth every penny!!!
Mara

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)

FAQ

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 Opera Palais Garnier Concert Series, 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 do the concerts at Opera Palais Garnier last?

The concerts at Opera Palais Garnier last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, with intermission.

Is the Opera Palais Garnier Concert Series for an international audience or French speakers?

Both! The Palais Garnier welcomes audiences from all over the world! Music is a universal language, therefore, the Opera Palais Garnier Concert Series 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 the Opera Palais Garnier Concert Series. 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!