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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

New

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 16 April 2019
from 399 €

Opera

Opéra de Paris' 350th Anniversary Gala

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This exceptional Gala, in support of the 350th anniversary programme, proposes a unique and original evening on the stage of the Palais Garnier.
until 08 May 2019
from 349 €

Opera

Ballet & Dance

Tchaïkovski's Iolanta & The Nutcracker

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These legendary pieces were first performed together in 1892, and now join again in this coming-of-age production by the Paris Opera.
until 04 April 2020
from 429 €

Ballet & Dance

Leon, Lightfoot & Van Manen

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The incredible work of three legendary choreographers is behind this performing duo. An artfully constructed aesthetic quest interpreted by two poetic dancers.
until 04 April 2020
from 259 €

Ballet & Dance

Mats Ek

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Three beautiful pieces by 20th century choreographer Mats Ek, all striving to push classical conventions and offer a truly unique experience.
until 04 April 2020
from 259 €

Ballet & Dance

Hiroshi Sugimoto & William Forsythe

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Two unique artists combine photography and choreographical talents to form 2 incredible numbers. An original new collaboration sparked with contemporary speed & energy.
until 04 April 2020
from 269 €

Ballet & Dance

Crystal Pite

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Acclaimed choreographer Crystal Pite pushes performers beyond their limits in a series emotionally-charged sequences.
until 23 November 2019
from 129 €

Ballet & Dance

Preljocaj's Le Parc

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Angelin Preljocaj combines the classical whisperings of Mozart with a modern choreographical language as dancers alight in a game of attraction.
until 31 December 2019
from 159 €

Ballet & Dance

Giselle

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A timeless classic, this ballet that marked a new aesthetic is full of earthy scenes celebrating the ballerina's ethereal presence.
until 04 April 2020
from 164 €

Ballet & Dance

Paris Opéra Ballet School Demonstrations

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Every year, the Paris Opera Ballet School brings the work of its talented students to light before the public
until 04 April 2020
from 139 €

Ballet & Dance

Paris Opéra Ballet School Production

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Every year, the Paris Opera Ballet School brings the work of its talented students to light before the public
until 30 March 2020
from 179 €

Concert

Paris Opéra Academy Concert

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A gala concert on the stage of the Palais Garnier with the artists of the Academy and the Paris Opera Orchestra.
until 04 April 2020
from 83 €

Opera

Verdi's La Traviata

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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 04 April 2020
from 429 €

Opera

Lear

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A new take on a Shakespearian masterpiece, King Lear comes to life through talented operatic vocals.
until 04 April 2020
from 159 €

Opera

Il Pirata (Concert Version)

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Raging seas and stormy romance: Bellini's opera charts the enduring love between a duchess and her pirate
until 04 April 2020
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 04 April 2020
from 104 €

Opera

Yvonne, Princesse de Bourgogne

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Coloured with dark humour, this opera based on the play by Witold Gombrowicz features an irresistibly unlikely princess.
until 04 April 2020
from 149 €