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ABOUT

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.

LOCATION

Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris

Bastille        

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 25 April 2019
from 379 €

Opera

Carmen

New

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 27 January 2020
from 409 €

Opera

Mozart's The Magic Flute

New

Mozart's very last opera delights in a tale of love, courage, and persistence.
until 27 January 2020
from 389 €

Opera

Tosca

New

A French play transformed into oepra masterpiece by Giacomo Puccini, telling the tragic tale of two lovers threatened by authority as Napoleon invades Italy.
until 27 January 2020
from 409 €

Opera

Verdi's La Forza del Destino

New

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 27 January 2020
from 379 €

Ballet & Dance

Tree of Codes

New

A vivid, contemporary mixing pot of mediums and talents where space, bodies, and architecture become one in perfect harmony.
until 27 January 2020
from 229 €

Opera

I Puritani

New

The very last work by Vincenzo Bellini, the intoxicating melodies of I Puritani and its tortured love story makes it an operatic masterpiece.
until 27 January 2020
from 349 €

Opera

Madama Butterfly

New

An operatic masterpiece laced in Japanese charm depicts the dramatic intensity that ensues when two worlds collide.
until 27 January 2020
from 98 €

Opera

Les Indes Galantes

New

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 27 January 2020
from 229 €

Opera

Verdi's Don Carlo

New

Discover Verdi's gripping tale of warring countries and star-cross'd love in its most passionate, Italian version
until 27 January 2020
from 169 €

Opera

Prince Igor

New

Russian folklore given a political twist: discover Barrie Kosky's powerful reimagining of Borodin's only opera
until 27 January 2020
from 154 €

Ballet & Dance

Noureev's Raymonda

New

Marius Pepita's most quintessential narrative ballet retells the story of an enchanted medieval romance
until 31 December 2019
from 102 €