Opéra Bastille

Until December 8, 2022

German surtitled in English & French


Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
Capacity 2700 seats


1 hr 40 min

With intermisssion




Recommended for ages 14 and up

In German with English and Fench surtitles


Lyrical drama in one act (1905) by Richad Strauss with a libretto by Hedwig Lachmann and influenced by Oscar Wilde. Under the musical direction of Simone Young, directed by Lydia Steier, with Zoran Todorovich (Herodes), Karita Mattila (Herodias) , Elza van den Heever (Salome), Iain Paterson (Jochanaan), Tansel Akzeybek (Narraboth), Katharina Magiera (Page des Herodias), Matthäus Schmidlechner (Erste Jude), Eric Huchet (Zweite Jude), Maciej Kwasnikowski (Dritter Jude), Mathias Vidal (Vierter Jude), Sava Vemic (Fünfter Jude), Luke Stoker (Erster Nazarener), Yiorgo Ioannou (Zwieter Nazarener), Dominic Barbieri (Erste Soldat), Bastian Thomas Kohl (Zweiter Soldat), Alejandro Balinas Vieites (Ein Cappadicier) , Thomas Ricart (Ein Sklave), with the Orchester de l'Opéra national de Paris.


Warning: The Paris National Opera informs the public that some scenes may be shocking because they are of a violent and/or explicit sexual nature.


To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose an exclusive add-on upon booking. See more details below!


In Tiberias, Galilee at the beginning of our era, Salome escapes from the banquet of King Herod, the second husband of her mother Herodias. Suddenly, princess Salome hears the voice of the prophet Jochanaan. He utters threats and imprecations. Despite the prohibition to approach him, Salome manages to meet the prophet to whom she confesses her burning desire. She wants to kiss his mouth. Jochanaan curses her and pushes her away violently. To King Herod, who has sworn to satisfy her every wish if she dances for him, Salome demands that the head of the prophet be given to her on a silver platter: nothing will change her mind - not even the promise of a thousand riches. Scenes of passion and mischief will flood the opera but do these things lead Salome to border hysteria or will she finally come to her senses? What is her fateful ending?


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 foffowing upgraded offer 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.


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Opéra Bastille

Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris

History and Fun Facts about the Opéra Bastille

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 neighborhood 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 the Opéra Bastille?

The Opéra Bastille is accessible by the metro station Bastille (Lines 1, 5, and 8). 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.

Where will I be seated and will I see the subtitles clearly?

There are a maximum of four categories available, each of which provides a comfortable view of the subtitles. The subtitles are projected above and on the sides of the stage.

What do I do when I get to the theatre?

We invite you to arrive 30 minutes before the beginning of Salome 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 Opéra Bastille 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 and ballets, 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, and jackets are recommended for men. Shorts, Bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear, and trainers are discouraged.

Is there a coat check available?

You can leave your belongings in the checkrooms located on different levels of the theater for free. Travel bags and suitcases are not allowed.

How long does the show last?

The opera Salome lasts 1 hour and 40 minutes including an interval.

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 Opéra Bastille to remember your night out!

What is included with my Premium ticket?

A program of the show, a glass of champagne and exclusive access to the magnificent Salon Berlioz are included in your tickets.

If I purchased premium tickets, where can I collect my program and my glass of champagne?

At the Opéra Bastille, you may pick your program in the main shop as well as at the program stands located at the main entrance, on the 2nd and 4th floors. 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 Opera House. It is accessible by elevator or by stairs.

Is it a show for travellers or French people?

Both! The Opéra Bastille has been welcoming audiences from all over the world for 30 years. This legendary opera performance is sung in its original German, and subtitles in both French and English are provided for audiences to appreciate in one of France’s most iconic venues.

Covid-19 Information

Specific measures and obligations may apply to this show. Before making your reservation, please check the updated information on our Covid-19 page: