Paris Performing Arts

Opéra Bastille

  • Opera

Fodor's Review

This mammoth ultramodern facility, designed by architect Carlos Ott and inaugurated in 1989, long ago took over the role of Paris's main opera house from the Opéra Garnier (although both operate under the same Opéra de Paris umbrella). Like the building, performances tend to be on the avant-garde side—you're as likely to see a contemporary adaptation of La Bohème as you are to hear Kafka set to music. Tickets for Opéra de Paris productions range from €10 to €230 and generally go on sale at the box office a month before shows, earlier by phone and online. Once the doors open, "standing places" can be purchased for €5 from vending machines in the lobby, but you'll need coins or a credit card (no bills) and patience to snag one, as the lines are long. The opera season usually runs September through July; the box office is open Monday–Saturday 2:30–6:30 and one hour before curtain call. If you just want to look around inside, you can also buy tickets for a 75-minute guided tour (€12). (See Chapter 9, Eastern Paris.)

Performing Art Information


Pl. de la Bastille, 12e, Paris, 75012, France


/08–92–89–90–90-€0.34 per minute; /01–71–25–24–23-from outside France; /01–40–01–19–70- Tours

Performing Art Details:

  • Box office closed July 17 to August 24.


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