Paris - Opéra Bastille

Opéra Bastille
In 1968 the idea for a new opera house in Paris first came from the composer Pierre Boulez. This notion was seized upon by Francois Mitterrand, the then French president. He sponsored a competition to build a new house. He wanted it to become a “modern and popular” place in order to share classical music with the masses. Therefore, he created the Opera Bastille Public Establishment competition to select an architect to build this new opera house. 756 entries were received, and, in November 1983, the competition was won by an unknown architect, Carlos Ott, an Uruguayan who lives in Canada. Located at the Place de la Bastille, in the 12th arrondissement, the house was designed with 2,723 seats, every one of which (mercifully) has an unrestricted view of the stage. The theatre, was “surmounted by the opaque cube of the stage building and wrapped in gridded walls of glass - the Opera stands sociably open to the world outside, whereas the foyers, with their broad overview of the city, have the slick, impersonal look of an airport lounge”. Beauvert also describes the theatre's backstage facilities as being extremely modern: allowing for nine times the volume of the stage and the ability to roll entire sets off and on intact. However, compared to other world-class opera houses, the acoustics have been described as disappointing at best. Construction began in 1984 with the demolition of Paris Bastille train station, which was opened in 1859 and closed on December 14, 1969, and where art expositions were held thereafter until its demolition. The building was inaugurated on July 14, 1989, on the 200th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, with a gala concert conducted by Georges Pretre and featuring singers such as Teresa Berganza and Placido Domingo. However, it did not see its first opera performance until March 17, 1990, with Berlioz's Les Troyens. ...Show All

Programme Opéra Bastille | Palais Garnier | Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

Carmen (Bizet)

2019 > April 11 | 14m | 17 | 20 | 23 | 26 | 29m May 02 | 05m | 08 | 11 | 14 | 17 | 20 | 23

Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)

2019 > April 27 | 30 May 03 | 06 | 09 | 12m | 15 | 18 | 21 | 30 June 04 | 07 | 12 | 15

Tosca (Puccini)

2019 > May 16 | 19m | 22 | 25 | 29 June 01 | 05 | 08 | 11 | 14 | 19 | 23m
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Carmen (Bizet)

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Opera In Style's Favourite Hotels

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    Hotel Bedford

    Founded in the 1850s this delightful 4-star hotel is a great favourite with Opera In Style clients. Located in a quiet side street and yet only 10 minutes walk to Palais Garnier opera house; and close enouth to stroll to the Madeleine, and Avenue des Champs Elysées. Swiss owned and managed.

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    Hotel Paris Bastille

    We include this 3-star hotel because of its ideal location opposite Opéra Bastille opera house. It is perfect for those wishing to visit Paris on limited budget. Located near to Gare de Lyon.

  • Hotel Pavillon de la Reine

    We love this hotel. Discreetly located in Place des Vosges in the 3rd arrondissement and just a five-minute walk to the Bastille opera house. Lovely little garden and a perfect base for you in Paris.

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    Paris Marriott Opéra Ambassador Hotel

    Lovely 4-star hotel on Boulevard Haussmann, 5-8 minutes' walk to Palais Garnier. Spacious public areas and lounge. WiFi included.