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Opéra de la Bastille
Opéra de la Bastille Review
Paris's main opera house opened its doors on July 14, 1989, to mark the bicentennial of the French Revolution. The fabulous acoustics of the steeply sloping, stylish auditorium have earned more plaudits than the modern facade designed by Uruguay-born architect Carlos Ott. If you want to see a show, reserve your seat well in advance, or take your chances on the same day, when any unclaimed seats (at all price levels) are released 45 minutes before showtime. There are also 32 standing-room-only tickets available 90 minutes before each show for €5. Same-day seats are much in demand, so be sure to line up two hours or more before the curtain. Tickets for a 75-minute guided tour cost €12.
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