Until November 29, 2023
Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
Capacity 2700 seats
2 h 30 min
For all audiences
In Italian with English and French surtitles
The success of an opera depends as much on the voices, the music, and the story as it does on the scenography. Puccini's legendary Turandot, a lyrical drama in three acts and five scenes, combines all these elements for a stellar set of performances at the Opéra Bastille this year.
Sondra Radvanovsky lends her voice to the titular maiden Turandot, Ermonela Jaho to Liù, and Brian Jagde to our hero, Calaf. The exceptionally talented Marco Armiliato and Michele Spotti control musical direction, whereas the sublime staging is left to the talented hands of Robert Wilson, whose interpretation of this East Asian setting is demonstrably alluring and unique. His characteristic aesthetic borrows heavily from Noh theatre, a form of classical Japanese dance-drama. Each scene explodes with colour and dynamism, creating incredible scenes and imagery that evoke a deep sense of poetic beauty and magic. This striking show will stay with you long after you leave the Opéra Bastille… try to answer Turandot’s fabled three riddles for yourself, and immerse yourself in the beautiful setting of evocative ancient China.
See details for our premium option below!
The scene is set in Peking. Princess Turandot, renowned nationally for her beauty, submits her endless flow of suitors to three riddles. He who answers correctly will win her hand and the throne. He who fails will suffer the final punishment: death.
“What is born each night and dies each dawn?”
“What flares warm like a flame, yet it is no flame?”
“The ice that gives you fire, what can it be?”
So far, no man has survived her challenge – however, young Calaf seeks to trump the odds and rise to the occasion, at the risk of paying the ultimate price.
Inspired by the fable of Carlo Gozzi, Puccini’s final opera reawakens the oriental beauty that is integral to his most renowned piece, Madama Butterfly. Featuring the world-famous aria Nessun Dorma, Turandot is a stunning story of morality, power dynamics, and justice, that is certainly not to be missed this year at the Opéra Bastille.
Premium Experience Ticket Option
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 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 Opera 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.
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 Opéra Bastille in the 12th arrondissement of Paris?
The Opéra Bastille is accessible by: Metro lines: The Opéra Bastille is accessible by the Metro lines 1, 5, and 8, which run until the metro station Bastille. RER lines: The Opéra Bastille is accessible by the RER lines A and D, which run until the RER station Gare de Lyon. Bus lines: The Opéra Bastille is accessible by the bus lines 29, 87, 91, 76, and 86, which run until the following stations: Bastille, Bastille - Faubourg Saint-Antoine. Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.
What do I do when I get to Opéra Bastille?
How long does the opera, Turandot, last?
Can I take photos during the performance of Turandot?
Is Turandot for an international audience or French speakers?
Where will I be seated, and will I see the surtitles properly?
Subtitles or “surtitles”?
Does the Opéra Bastille have a specific dress code?
There is no specific dress code, but proper attire is appreciated. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in business casual or chic attire. For Parisian operas and ballets, the dress code tends to be a bit fancier than in other venues, so feel free to have a little fun and dress to impress. 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 at the Opéra Bastille?
Is tipping customary at Opéra Bastille in Paris?
At the Opéra Bastille, it is customary not to tip ushers.
If I'm late, will I still be allowed into the show?
Theatre 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 theatre 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.
What is included with my Premium ticket for Turandot?
If I purchased Premium tickets, where can I collect my programme and my glass of champagne?
At the Opéra Bastille, you may pick up your programme in the main shop as well as at the programme stands located at the main entrance, 2nd floor, and 4th floor. 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 Opéra Bastille. It is accessible by elevator or by stairs.
I bought Premium tickets for Turandot and I haven’t received them yet. Is this normal?
Yes, it’s completely normal! As the Premium tickets for Turandot include exclusive add-ons, your order will first be created as a pre-booking so that the Opéra de Paris 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 Opéra de Paris. After the tickets are validated, you will receive your tickets by email. Given the large number of requests the Opéra de Paris has to manage, this process usually takes two days, but can take up to six days maximum. If your order has not been validated after six days, it will be cancelled, the pre-charge will disappear, and you will not be charged.
How do I know if my seats are next to each other?
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.
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.
If there are no available adjacent seating arrangements, our customer service team will contact you before the booking is confirmed.