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ABOUT

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

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

The Magic Flute

New

Mozart's very last opera delights in a tale of love, courage, and persistence.
until 12/8/22
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 12/8/22
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 12/8/22
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 12/8/22
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 12/8/22
from 349 €

Opera

Verdi's La Traviata

Once a controversial social criticism and now the most popular of all Verdi's operas, La Traviata tells a tale of undying love and human frailty
until 12/23/20
from 219 €

Opera

Madama Butterfly

An operatic masterpiece laced in Japanese charm depicts the dramatic intensity that ensues when two worlds collide.
until 12/8/22
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 12/8/22
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 12/8/22
from 169 €

Opera

Prince Igor

Russian folklore given a political twist: discover Barrie Kosky's powerful reimagining of Borodin's only opera
until 12/8/22
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 12/8/22
from 124 €

Opera

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Offenbach’s opera will transport you to a fantastical universe where dream and reality are no longer separate
until 12/8/22
from 98 €

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

The tragic true story of actress Adrienne Lecouvreur is brought to life by Italian composer Francesco Cilea
until 5/12/20
from 409 €

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 €

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 12/8/22
from 157 €

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 12/8/22
from 163 €

Ballet & Dance

Notre-Dame de Paris

The splendid dancing fresco by Roland Petit, based on Victor Hugo’s famous novel, is back on the stage of the Opéra Bastille.
until 5/7/21
from 139 €

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 12/8/22
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 12/8/22
from 179 €

Opera

Rigoletto

A tragic tale of fatherly love and fatal desire, restructured and reimagined by German director Claus Guth.
until 12/8/22
from 182 €

Opera

Turandot

The world’s finest minimalist director Robert Wilson invites his audience on a visual and emotional voyage in his stripped-back staging of Puccini’s final opera.
until 12/8/22
from 229 €

Ballet & Dance

Don Quichotte

Nureyev’s grandiose ballet will light up your holiday season with Iberican colours and rhythms.
until 12/8/22
from 157 €

Opera

Khovanshchina

This opera of epic proportions revisits a bloody episode in the history of Russia, set to the triumphant music of Mussorgsky.
until 12/8/22
from 163 €

Opera

Don Giovanni

Can anyone resist the seductive melodies of Mozart’s Don Giovanni? An opera that has lost none of its power is returning to the Opera Bastille.
until 12/8/22
from 229 €

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 12/8/22
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 12/8/22
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 12/8/22
from 74 €

Opera

Cinderella

Put yourself in Cendrillon's shoes in this magical and musical tale from Massenet, an opera that will delight kids and adults alike.
until 12/8/22
from 188 €

Opera

Elektra

Prepare to be blown away by Richard Strauss’ explosive score, in this dark and intriguing production by Robert Carsen.
until 12/8/22
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 12/8/22
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 12/8/22
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 12/8/22
from 123 €

Opera

The Capulets and the Montagues

New

The story of Romeo and Juliet with a return to the sources in the Italian version... Music of infinite tenderness...
until 12/8/22
from 124 €

Drama

Opera

Salome

A scandalous play by Oscar Wilde, a heroine obsessed with an enigmatic and virtuous man... An exhilarating show!
until 12/8/22
from 150 €