Opera Bastille Paris – 2018 Calendar Of Performances

Some of the grandest operas productions in the world are staged at Opera Bastille in Paris. Even though it is large — at 2,700 seats — tickets are in heavy demand, so you need to order as far in advance as you can.

This is the place to be if you want to truly experience the magnificence of grand opera. If you only attend one opera in your life, it should be here, at Opera Bastille. The 2018 season has many highlights including grand operas like The Barber of Seville, Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, and Verdi's Il Trovatore. Check the complete schedule and be sure to book your opera before you leave home.


2018 Paris Opera Performances

Performances at Opera Bastille

The 2018 season schedule is packed with some of the biggest and most popular operas of the modern era. Wagner's Parsifal, Ravel's L'Heure Espagnole, and a triumphant return to Paris of Donizetti's Don Pasquale are included on this stellar list. We're also going to include some operas and recitals to be performed at Palais Garnier, the 19th-century opera hall.

Featured Operas & Operatic Recitals in Paris in 2018


Opera Bastille – The Modernistic Paris Opera House

Opera Bastille

The Palais Garnier served Paris well as a stunning venue for opera for over 100 years. But as opera productions grew larger and more lavish, with more demand for tickets, French President François Mitterand contemplated creating a larger, more modern venue for opera in Paris.

The 200th anniversary of the French Revolution of 1789 was approaching, which had kicked off at the former prison located at Bastille. So what better place to built an opera than at that historic location, to commemorate the Revolution? Of course, there also was the fact that French kings, emperors and presidents simply loved creating grand public works to be remembered by. This would be one of Mitterand's grandest.

A design competition attracted 756 entries, with the award finally going to an unknown architect (just as was the case with Charles Garnier and the 19th-century opera building), born in Uruguay and living in Canada — Carlos Ott. His vision was to create a modern building with walls of glass. The building has been praised for its cutting edge design, its backstage facilities, and for giving each of the 2,700 seats an unrestricted view of the stage.

Problems, scandals and delays plagued the construction. But, even though the building wasn't really completely finished, it was opened with ceremony on July 13, 1998, just one day before Bastille Day and the 200th anniversary of the Revolution.

Opera Bastille Information


Getting to Opera Bastille

Located in the 12th Arrondissement, on the Place de la Bastille, it's easily accessible by Metro, RER & bus.

  • AddressPlace de la Bastille, 75012
  • Metro — Bastille (Lines 1, 5, 8)
  • RER — Gare de Lyon (Lines A & C)
  • Bus — 20, 29, 65, 69, 76, 86, 87, 91


Security Update 2018

For security reasons, luggage and travel bags are not permitted into either Palais Garnier or Opera Bastille. We advise you to leave backpacks in your hotel room. It's highly recommended that you arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the performance.

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