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The Opera-University

To experience opera and dance in the present, to savour the highlights of the season, to introduce a student audience to a place alive with emotions, thoughts and discussions and to share with them the passion of artists of music, song and dance, Opera-University at the Paris Opera proposes:

Made-to-measure study projects on works for groups of 20 to 40 students

To arouse their curiosity, their desire to deepen their knowledge of the works, to enable them to understand the process of creating an opera or ballet and addressing the aesthetic challenges therein, students are proposed a series of study projects focussing on various works. Before coming to the Opera House, the students prepare their visit with their teacher at their institution. The Opera-University constitutes, for each production, a comprehensive educational package, an indispensable support for studying the work.


- Theatre Visits - Palais Garnier & Opéra Bastille

- Meetings with production teams, technical teams and administrative staff: these are planned with the professionals according to the students’ curriculums. Encounters with artists: above all to encourage a dialogue between students and artists: to listen to them, to ask questions in order to better understand them.

- Access to rehearsals: attending a rehearsal provides the opportunity, as a privileged guest, to perceive the steps and work required during the putting together of a production.

- Privileged access to performances
Preferential seating prices for performances related to the study sessions are offered to students (operas: €25, ballets: €15, concerts: €10)

- Encounters open to all
Throughout the season, Opera-University offers events open to all students: introduction to opera and ballet, musical works explained.

- Meetings on campus and in high schools
Each season, the Opera-University organises meetings at students’ places of study

- Events in connection with performances
In partnership with schools and teachers who so wish, specific events can be organised: conferences, round tables, debates, exhibitions, master classes, concerts with artists from the Paris Opera…


- Invitations to the season’s concerts, preceded by a backstage tour and a lecture by a musicologist.

- Partnerships with other opera houses in the regions or abroad, and higher education institutions in the regions or in the country concerned.

- As part of the ERASMUS exchanges, encounters between students on the same course in France and abroad based on works presented at the Paris Opera.

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