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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 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 12/31/20
from 179 €

Opera

Mozart's The Magic Flute

Mozart's very last opera delights in a tale of love, courage, and persistence.
until 2/22/21
from 184 €

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 9/26/21
from 204 €

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 9/26/21
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 9/26/21
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 9/26/21
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 9/26/21
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 9/26/21
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 9/26/21
from 169 €

Opera

Prince Igor

Russian folklore given a political twist: discover Barrie Kosky's powerful reimagining of Borodin's only opera
until 9/26/21
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 9/26/21
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 9/26/21
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 €

Opera

La Bohème

This radical reimagining of Puccini's La Boheme sends the opera flying lightyears from the cobbles of seventeenth century Paris
until 7/13/20
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

George Balanchine

This triptych of pure dance sequences forms a tribute to the father of American ballet
until 4/1/20
from 91 €

Opera

Verdi's Il Trovere

Verdi's heart-wrenching, romantic opera returns to the stage of the Opéra Bastille in a stunning staging by Alex Ollé.
until 2/26/21
from 169 €

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 €

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 €

Ballet & Dance

Romeo and Juliet

New

Rudolf Nureyev's remarkable ballet which setts in motion the most famous romantic literature masterpiece, will be danced by the Etoiles and Prime Dancers on the stage of the Opéra Bastille
until 9/26/21
from 144 €