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ABOUT

One of the most prestigious stages in all of France, the Palais Garnier was constructed from 1860 to 1875, designed by legendary architect Charles Garnier, who was selected among a handful of talented architects in a fierce design competition. The building itself is considered a artful masterpiece, and was one of the most expensive construction projects to come from the Second French Empire under the reign of Napoléon III. The elaborate use of different materials to lend a lavish multicolored facade was typical of many of the works under the rule of Napoléon III, and features sculptures of various figures of Greek mythology. The official inauguration in 1875 was attended by the Mayor of London and Amsterdam, the King Alphonso XII of Spain, and hundreds of members from European high society.

 

The interior was meticulously designed with intertwining corridors, alcoves and landings to allow for easy movment of large numbers of people; complete with a grand marbled staircase and the grand foyer, acting as the drawing room for all of Paris high society and covered in gilded paintings. The auditorium itself is in a traditional Italian horseshoe shape, seating 1900. The stage is the largest in Europe and can accomodate 450 artists, revealed by the opening of the legendary painted curtain. Garnier himself designed the 7-tonne chandelier sparkling above the audience. In 1896, one of the many chandelier counterweights broke free and killed a concierge, the incident that inspired the scenes in the 1910 novel-turned-musical The Phantom of the Opera. The space above the audotorium in the copula dome was once used strictly for cleaning the chandelier, but has since been transformed into a space for opera and dance rehersals.

 

The legendary building was initially deemed the Academie Imperiale de Musique, yet with the fall of the Second Empire and the start of the Third Republic, this was aptly changed for the Academie Nationale de Musique, which we see written across the exterior facade to this day. Garnier envisioned his design and the transformation of the surrounding area, and to this day the opulence of the Second Empire lives on in this living monument. The avenue de l'Opéra remains the only large Parisian corridor without trees, as Garnier explicitly prevented Hausmann from adorning the street with trees, arguing that his Palais Garnier was to be the main focus. Palais Garnier became the official name in 1989 with the construction of the Opéra Bastille, and the venue now houses primarily ballets.

LOCATION

Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris

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Past shows at this venue

Opera

Don Pasquale Opera

The ever-favourite opera by Damiano Michieletto, Don Pasquale was first performed in Paris in 1843. An exquisite performance in Paris' legendary Palais Garnier.
until 4/16/19
from 399 €

Opera

Mozart's Don Giovanni

A masterpiece of lyrical art from Mozart himself, showing a darker side of society through the conquests of seducer Don Juan.
until 4/24/20
from 214 €

Opera

Opéra de Paris' 350th Anniversary Gala

This exceptional Gala, in support of the 350th anniversary programme, proposes a unique and original evening on the stage of the Palais Garnier.
until 5/8/19
from 349 €

Opera

Ballet & Dance

Tchaïkovski's Iolanta & The Nutcracker

These legendary pieces were first performed together in 1892, and now join again in this coming-of-age production by the Paris Opera.
until 9/26/21
from 429 €

Ballet & Dance

Leon, Lightfoot & Van Manen

The incredible work of three legendary choreographers is behind this performing duo. An artfully constructed aesthetic quest interpreted by two poetic dancers.
until 9/26/21
from 259 €

Ballet & Dance

Hiroshi Sugimoto & William Forsythe

Two unique artists combine photography and choreographical talents to form 2 incredible numbers. An original new collaboration sparked with contemporary speed & energy.
until 9/26/21
from 269 €

Ballet & Dance

Crystal Pite

Acclaimed choreographer Crystal Pite pushes performers beyond their limits in a series emotionally-charged sequences.
until 9/26/21
from 129 €

Ballet & Dance

Preljocaj's Le Parc

Angelin Preljocaj combines the classical whisperings of Mozart with a modern choreographical language as dancers alight in a game of attraction.
until 4/27/21
from 149 €

Ballet & Dance

Alan Lucien Øyen

In this original new work for the Paris Opéra, talented Scandinavian choreographer Alan Lucien Øyen conceptualises an entire new world at the crux of illusion and reality.
until 5/11/20
from 111 €

Ballet & Dance

Mayerling

British choreographer Kenneth Mayerling immerses audiences in the tragic politics of the Hamburg monarchy, his most popular ballet.
until 5/30/20
from 149 €

Ballet & Dance

Nederlands Dans Theater

A performance by returning guest company the Nederlands Dans Theater, leading light of the contemporary dance movement in Europe.
until 6/7/20
from 119 €

Concert

Paris Opera Academy Concert

A series of concerts on the stage of the Palais Garnier with the artists of the Academy and the Paris Opera Orchestra.
until 1/20/21
from 79 €

Opera

Lear

A new take on a Shakespearian masterpiece, King Lear comes to life through talented operatic vocals.
until 9/26/21
from 159 €

Opera

Il Pirata (Concert Version)

Raging seas and stormy romance: Bellini's opera charts the enduring love between a duchess and her pirate
until 9/26/21
from 379 €

Opera

Ballet & Dance

L'Après-midi d'un Faune & L'Enfant et les Sortilèges

An evening devoted to two of the most illustrious French composers: Debussy and Ravel. A unique opportunity to see two incredible pieces together on stage.
until 9/26/21
from 104 €

Opera

Yvonne, Princesse de Bourgogne

Coloured with dark humour, this opera based on the play by Witold Gombrowicz features an irresistibly unlikely princess.
until 9/26/21
from 149 €

Opera

Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte

Contemporary dance and opera buffa: discover a radical new imaging of one of Mozart’s most playful operas
until 7/13/20
from 179 €

Tours & Visits

The Opera Garnier Guided Tour

Discover the secrets and architectural wonders of the Palais Garnier, both a prestigious performance hall and a national museum in the heart of Paris.
until 9/26/21
from 19 €

Concert

Paris Opera Concert Series

An exceptionnal series of 13 classical music concerts interpretated by the Paris Opera Orchestra and Choir, performed on the stage of the glorious Palais Garnier.
until 9/26/21
from 69 €

Ballet & Dance

Rudolf Nureyev

A series of famous choregrapher Rudolf Nureyev’s greatest ballets solos and duos performed by the Paris Opera prime dancers on the stage of Palais Garnier.
until 9/26/21
from 89 €

Ballet & Dance

Paris Opera 'Etoiles' Dancers

An exquisite selection of eight famous ballet solos and duos, performed by the best dancers of the Paris Opera, on the stage of legendary Palais Garnier.
until 9/26/21
from 89 €

Ballet & Dance

Contemporary Choreographers

A magnificent contemporary ballet created by four international choreographers at the iconic Palais Garnier.
until 11/28/20
from 79 €

Ballet & Dance

Peeping Tom

A brand new contemporary dance creation presented by the Belgium company Peeping Tom on the stage of the Palais Garnier.
until 1/10/21
from 109 €

Opera

Capriccio

Richard Strauss's humorous and charming opera returns to the Palais Garnier in the magnificent staging of Robert Carsen.
until 2/21/21
from 179 €

Ballet & Dance

Sadeh21

Famous work of choreographer Ohad Naharin is performed by the Etoiles, Premiers Danseurs and the Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera.
until 2/27/21
from 114 €

Ballet & Dance

Paris Opera Young Dancers

New

The next generation of star dancers of the Paris Opera shine in the most beautiful classical solo dances on the stage of the Palais Garnier.
until 9/26/21
from 119 €

Ballet & Dance

Tribute to Roland Petit

New

The Dancers of the Paris Opera pay tribute to the choreographer Roland Petit by performing three of his legendary works on the stage of the Palais Garnier.
until 9/26/21
from 149 €

Opera

The Satin Slipper

World premiere of the Marc-André Dalbavie's impressive opera, adapted from the play of Paul Claudel, will be performed on the stage of the Opéra Garnier.
until 6/13/21
from 99 €

Concert

Christmas Great Mass

The Arts Florissants Choirs and Orchestra perform the most beautiful melodies of Vivaldi, Corrette and Corelli on the stage of the Palais Garnier.
until 12/22/20
from 89 €

Opera

Mozart's The Clemency of Titus

New

Willy Decker’s resplendent production of Mozart’s opera is returning to the stage of the Palais Garnier for just a few nights only.
until 9/26/21
from 179 €

Drama

Opera

7 Deaths of Maria Callas

New

Performer Marina Abramović looks back over the starring roles of soprano Maria Callas through opera, film and performance art.
until 9/26/21
from 179 €