Turandot

Opéra Bastille

Until December 30, 2021

Italian with English & French subtitles

Location

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

Duration

2 hours 30 minutes 

1 intermission


Details

Opera

Recommended for all ages

In Italian with English & French subtitles


Highlights

American director and undisputed master of minimalist opera staging Robert Wilson is returning to Puccini for the second time in his career. 25 years after his unforgettable production of Madama Butterfly, Wilson has turned his creative talents to the Italian composer’s final masterpiece Turandot. His pared-down visual odyssey draws inspiration from Japanese Noh theatre to breathe fresh and vibrant life into Puccini’s spine-tingling melodies and the famous aria “Nessun Dorma”.

 

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.

Story

In the imperial palace of Peking, the young Princess Turandot is as merciless as she is beautiful. Any suitor that wishes to marry her must first give the correct answer to three riddles, or else be executed. Though many before him have failed, the determined Prince Calaf finally manages to crack the riddles… except that Turandot still refuses to marry him. Calaf gives as good as he gets and sets the princess a challenge of his own: he will agree to die if Turandot can work out his name before dawn the following day.

  

For this monumental production at the Opera Bastille, soloists Elena Pankratova, Vanessa Vasquez, Gwyn Hughes Jones and Vitalij Kowaljow bring Puccini’s score to life under the musical direction of Gustavo Dudamel.

 

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.

 

Health Pass Information

From June 15th, 2021, the Opera the Paris is requiring a health path for all audience members from the age of 11 (included).
We invite you to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the performance, as pass verification is likely to slightly increase access time to venues. 

 

Spectators living in France:

The health pass is in the form of a QR Code, to be imported into the French ‘TousAntiCovid’ mobile application (with the function « scan the QR Code »), or printed from the Ameli.fr French Social Security website. 

 

Access to performances will be authorised if the pass certifies:

  •   - either complete vaccination
  •   - or a negative PCR or Antigen test less than 48 hours old,
  •   - or a positive RT-PCR or antigenic test result confirming recovery from Covid, at least 15 days old and less than six months old.

 

For more information, you can also visit the French government website: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/pass-sanitaire

 

Spectators living outside of France:

You are requested to carry an official health document, pending the implementation of a European system. 

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Opéra Bastille

Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris

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.

FAQ

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.

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 Russian, and subtitles in both French and English are provided for audiences to appreciate in one of France’s most iconic venues.

What do I do when I get to the theatre?

We invite you to arrive 30 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 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, jackets are recommended for men. Shorts, Bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear and trainers are discouraged.

Is there a coat check available?

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, jackets are recommended for men. Shorts, Bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear and trainers are discouraged.

How long does the show last?

The opera Turandot lasts 2 hours and 30 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!