Paris Opera Academy Concert
Until January 20, 2021
Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris
Capacity 1900 seats
Recommended for all ages
The rising stars of the Paris Opera Academy will delight us in a series of concerts on the stage of the Palais Garnier. They will revisit a varied répertoire ranging from Rossini to Offenbach that will appeal to all classical music lovers as well as newcomers.
Every year, the Paris Opera Academy accompanies young professionals who are ready to take the opera world by storm! These recitals are wonderful opportunities for the public to discover the next generation of lyric artists in one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world.
These young artists will reprise some of the most beautiful melodies from operas such as Rossini's The Barber of Seville or Verdi's La Traviata as well as songs from some of Cole Porter's musicals. The recitals will be filled with love, humour and fantasy!
You may find the programme below to choose the concert you like.
Saturday, November 14th at 20:00
Arias and Ensembles from Italian Operas
With excerpts from Rossini's Barber of Seville and Cenerentola and Verdi's La Traviata.
Tuesday, December 15th at 20:00
Grétry, Mozart and the Chevalier de Saint-George
The artists of the Academy pay a tribute to the work of Joseph Bologne de Saint-George, better known as the Chevalier de Saint-George, and his contemporaries, young Mozart and Gréty.
Thursday, December 17 at 19:30
From operetta to Broadway musicals
The students of the academy will offer an evening of light and happy music ranging from operetta to Broadway musicals.
Wednesday, January 20th 2021 at 20:00
The artists from the Academy, accompanied by the Paris Opera's Orchestra will sing under the musical direction of Vello Pähn.
Opéra Palais Garnier
One of the most prestigious stages in all of France, the Palais Garnier was constructed from 1860 to 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 a 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 movment of large numbers of people; complete with a grand marbled 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 accomodate 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 audotorium in the copula dome was once used strictly for cleaning the chandelier, but has since been transformed into a space for opera and dance rehersals.
The legendary building was initially deemed the Academie Imperiale 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 Hausmann 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.
Where will I be seated?
There are a maximum of three categories available. The theatre is an Italian style auditorium, meaning the seats are in a horse-shoe shape. Theatre in Paris guests are centrally placed either in the orchestra, on the first level/mezzanine, or in the second, third, and fourth level lodge boxes to have an optimal view of the stage.
How do I get to the theatre?
The theatre is accessible by the metro station Opéra (Lines 3, 7, 8 and RER A). Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre weekdays from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.
What do I do when I get to the theatre?
We invite you to arrive 20 minutes before the beginning of the show, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats. Please note that the performances at the Palais Garnier begin precisely on time, and all late arrivals will not be permitted to enter the auditorium until intermission.
Does the venue have a specific dress code?
For Parisian operas, ballets, and concerts the dress tends to be a bit fancier than in other venues, so feel free to have a little fun and dress to impress. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in casual chic attire. Generally, elegant casual wear is required, jackets are recommended for men. Shorts, Bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear and trainers are discouraged.
Is there a coat check available?
Free cloakrooms are available on various floors of the theatre. Travel bags and suitcase are not allowed.
Can I take photos of the performance?
In order not to disturb the artists on stage, and for the comfort of other guests, you are not permitted to photograph, film or record the performance for the duration of the show. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the wonderful venue to remember your night out!