Paris Performing Arts

Opéra Garnier

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  • Fodor's Choice

Published 06/25/2015

Fodor's Review

The magnificent, magical former haunt of the Phantom of the Opera, painter Edgar Degas, and any number of legendary opera stars still hosts performances of the Opéra de Paris, along with a fuller calendar of dance performances (the theater is the official home of the Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris). The grandest opera productions are usually mounted at the Opéra Bastille, whereas the Garnier now presents smaller-scale works such as Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito and Così Fan Tutte. Gorgeous and intimate though the Garnier is, its tiara-shape theater means that many seats have limited visibility, so it's best to ask specifically what the sight lines are when booking (partial view in French is visibilité partielle). The cheaper seats are often those with partial views. Seats generally go on sale at the box office a month before any given show, earlier by phone and online; you must appear in person to buy the cheapest tickets. Last-minute returned or unsold

tickets, if available, are offered an hour prior to a performance. The box office is open 11:30–6:30 Monday to Saturday and one hour before curtain call; however, you should get in line up to two hours in advance. You can also check the website at noon on certain Wednesdays for flash sales of sold-out shows. Venue visits (€11) and guided tours in English (€14.50) are available and can be reserved online; check the website for details. (See Chapter 6, Les Grands Boulevards.)

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Pl. de l'Opéra, 9e, Paris, 75002, France


/08–92–89–90–90 -€0.34 per min; /01–71–25–24–23-from outside France

Performing Art Details:

  • Box office closed July 17–Aug. 24

Published 06/25/2015


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