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ABOUT

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 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 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

LOCATION

Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris

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Past shows at this venue

Opera

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

A tragic ode to the destinies of Russian women through the ages, victims of patriarchy, all through a Shakespearean veil.
until 4/25/19
from 379 €

Opera

Carmen

The world-renowned French opera by Georges Bizet, Carmen is a fierce demonstration of freedom and passion through the prism of a Spanish town.
until 3/1/24
from 170 €

Opera

The Magic Flute

Mozart's very last opera delights in a tale of love, courage, and persistence.
until 3/1/24
from 170 €

Opera

Tosca

A French play transformed into opera masterpiece by Giacomo Puccini, telling the tragic tale of two lovers threatened by authority as Napoleon invades Italy.
until 3/1/24
from 150 €

Opera

Verdi's La Forza del Destino

The force of destiny is pitiless and laughs at the fates of men. This work by Giuseppe Verdi is a grand fresco abounding in dramatic twists!
until 3/1/24
from 379 €

Ballet & Dance

Tree of Codes

A vivid, contemporary mixing pot of mediums and talents where space, bodies, and architecture become one in perfect harmony.
until 3/1/24
from 229 €

Opera

I Puritani

The very last work by Vincenzo Bellini, the intoxicating melodies of I Puritani and its tortured love story makes it an operatic masterpiece.
until 3/1/24
from 349 €

Opera

La Traviata

One of opera’s most moving and wonderfully human heroines.
until 3/1/24
from 198 €

Opera

Madama Butterfly

An operatic masterpiece laced in Japanese charm depicts the dramatic intensity that ensues when two worlds collide.
until 3/1/24
from 98 €

Opera

Les Indes Galantes

A cultural clash and the ambiguous perception of what it is to be a civilisation, this is the focus of Rameau's very first opera.
until 3/1/24
from 229 €

Opera

Verdi's Don Carlo

Discover Verdi's gripping tale of warring countries and star-cross'd love in its most passionate, Italian version
until 3/1/24
from 169 €

Opera

Prince Igor

Russian folklore given a political twist: discover Barrie Kosky's powerful reimagining of Borodin's only opera
until 3/1/24
from 154 €

Opera

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Try a more comic take on opera with Rossini’s glorious Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
until 3/1/24
from 124 €

Opera

The Tales of Hoffmann (Les contes d’Hoffmann)

A doll with divine high notes, a singer who is dying to sing and a courtesan with a thirst for money. All three in an incredible opera.
until 3/1/24
from 198 €

Opera

Manon (Bastille)

A classic tale revisited, with a promise of freedom young Manon is torn between the traditional and a new world order.
until 4/10/20
from 409 €

Opera

Wagner's Das Rheingold

Discover the first part of history's most ambitious operatic work
until 4/15/20
from 214 €

Opera

Adriana Lecouvreur

New

Rejoice as a composer brings to life one of the most beautiful and moving female characters in opera.
until 3/1/24
from 152 €

Opera

Wagner's Die Walküre

A cast of deeply psychological characters on an emotional journey of betrayal and farewells in Wagner's oepratic masterpiece.
until 5/27/20
from 214 €

Opera

Boris Godounov

Modest Mussorgsky’s opera brings the violent true story of Russia’s tormented Tsar Boris Goudenov to vivid life
until 6/29/20
from 379 €

Opera

La Bohème at The Opéra Bastille

This radical reimagining of Puccini's La Boheme sends the opera flying lightyears from the cobbles of seventeenth century Paris
until 3/1/24
from 150 €

Ballet & Dance

Noureev's Raymonda

Marius Pepita's most quintessential narrative ballet retells the story of an enchanted medieval romance
until 12/31/19
from 102 €

Ballet & Dance

La Bayadère

The last ballet choreographed by the legendary Rudolf Nureyev, La Bayadere is considered amongst the finest performances in the Paris Opera Ballet’s history.
until 3/1/24
from 157 €

Opera

Il Trovatore

Verdi's heart-wrenching, romantic opera returns to the stage of the Opéra Bastille in a stunning staging by Alex Ollé.
until 3/1/24
from 150 €

Opera

Verdi's Aida

Verdi's famous opera will be on stage at the Opéra Bastille in a sublime staging by Lotte de Beer.
until 3/27/21
from 224 €

Opera

Faust

Gounod's famous opera, based on Goethe's play, will captivate the audience of the Opéra Bastille in a new staging by Tobias Kratzer.
until 3/1/24
from 163 €

Opera

The Queen of Spades

Tchaikovsky's grandiose opera, directed by Lev Dodin, plunges us into the incipient madness of a young officer, on the stage of the Opéra Bastille.
until 6/12/21
from 224 €

Opera

Oedipe

George Enesco’s masterpiece recounts the tragic fate of Oedipus: it returns to the Paris Opera under the direction of Wajdi Mouawad.
until 3/1/24
from 207 €

Opera

L'Elisir d'Amore

It won’t take a love potion to have you falling head over heels for Donizetti’s magnificent opera: L'elisir d'amore is as whimsical as it is poetic.
until 11/9/21
from 152 €

Opera

Der Fliegende Holländer

Let yourself sail away to the sounds of this romantic opera: Wagner’s notes will take you on a tumultuous musical voyage across the waves.
until 3/1/24
from 179 €

Opera

Rigoletto

A tragic tale of fatherly love and fatal desire, restructured and reimagined by German director Claus Guth.
until 3/1/24
from 182 €

Opera

Turandot

A trip to Asia, three fatal riddles, and lots of Italian!
until 3/1/24
from 221 €

Opera

Khovanshchina

This opera of epic proportions revisits a bloody episode in the history of Russia, set to the triumphant music of Mussorgsky.
until 3/1/24
from 163 €

Opera

Don Giovanni

He may not be the greatest of thieves, but he’s a top-rate seducer and – above all – a true gentleman.
until 3/1/24
from 221 €

Opera

Manon

Let yourself be blown away by this fresh new take on Jules Massenet’s opera: a masterpiece of the French repertoire transported to the Roaring Twenties.
until 3/1/24
from 163 €

Opera

Wozzeck

In the words of the opera itself: “The world is crazy! The world is beautiful!” That captures the essence of this expressionist masterpiece from Alban Berg, set against the backdrop of drawings and videos by William Kentridge.
until 3/1/24
from 135 €

Ballet & Dance

Swan Lake

Round off the year with the elegance of Angelin Preljocaj’s latest masterpiece, a dreamlike spectacle for all the family.
until 3/1/24
from 74 €

Opera

Cendrillon (Cinderella)

The charm of a fairy tale, infused with the beauty of an opera.
until 3/1/24
from 97 €

Opera

Elektra

Prepare to be blown away by Richard Strauss’ explosive score, in this dark and intriguing production by Robert Carsen.
until 3/1/24
from 163 €

Opera

Parsifal

Let your quest for the musical holy grail lead you to Wagner’s stunning opera, with superb orchestration and a new modern staging from Richard Jones.
until 3/1/24
from 182 €

Comedy

Opera

The Barber of Seville

Rossini's famous opera returns in style to the Opéra Bastille. Discover the most melodious love triangle in the history of opera in this production from Damiano Michieletto.
until 3/1/24
from 201 €

Ballet & Dance

A Midsummer Night's Dream

This bewitching ballet from Balanchine is back at the Opéra Bastille, with its magical pas de deux and solos, and its outlandish love stories.
until 3/1/24
from 123 €

Opera

The Capulets and the Montagues

The story of Romeo and Juliet with a return to the sources in the Italian version... Music of infinite tenderness...
until 3/1/24
from 124 €

Drama

Opera

The Force of Destiny

Destiny... Curse... the forces of life... The Force of destiny... Which will be the strongest? Melancholy and hope intertwine.
until 3/1/24
from 165 €

Opera

Tristan and Isolde

A huge lyrical poem, a long love song inspired by a medieval legend... Ecstasy in music!
until 3/1/24
from 170 €

Ballet & Dance

Maurice Béjart

Maurice Béjart in three of his major creations from the 70s… An ode to youth through an intimate piece with an erotic and hypnotic dance.
until 3/1/24
from 130 €

Ballet & Dance

Signes

The Opéra Bastille is hosting a ballet that brings together the combined talents of visual poet Carolyn Carlson, composer René Aubry, and painter Olivier Debré for a ballet more visual than ever before.
until 3/1/24
from 85 €

Opera

Romeo and Juliet

A hymn to youth, to eternal love… One of the most famous pieces of Shakespeare to the lines written by Gounod...
until 3/1/24
from 188 €

Opera

Nixon in China

The first visit of a Western head of state to China on so-called repetitive music that makes your heart pound to the beat of the orchestra. John Adams, the great American composer, shows us what he's got!
until 3/1/24
from 147 €

Opera

Hamlet

Shakespeare and his famous tortured hero Hamlet is visited by the ghostly of ghosts in a new show presented at the Paris Opera.
until 3/1/24
from 170 €

Opera

Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti's masterpiece which brings together breathtaking dramatic solos and ensembles and an aria like no other, the Air of Madness!
until 3/1/24
from 124 €

Opera

Bluebeard’s Castle Concert Opera

An opera with undeniable psychological springs... An hour of pure wonder with the music of Bartok.
until 3/1/24
from 85 €

Opera

Lohengrin

A tragic tale of accusations, deception, romance, and a fated lover…
until 3/1/24
from 221 €

Opera

The Makropulos Case

Famed soprano Karita Mattila plays an incorrigable 337-year-old diva on stage… a real treat!
until 3/1/24
from 139 €

Ballet & Dance

The Nutcracker

A childhood fantasy transforms into a beautiful ballet…
until 3/1/24
from 171 €