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Message from Alexander Neef to spectators of the Paris Opera

We are delighted at the prospect of our theatres reopening on 19 May and are very happy to welcome you back at last.

As rehearsals for our productions have continued over the past few months despite the health crisis, we are able to offer you a varied programme at the Palais Garnier and the Opéra Bastille, as well as at the Théâtre des Bouffes-du-Nord where the artists of the Paris Opera Academy will be appearing.

At the Palais Garnier, from 21 May to 13 June, you will be able to discover the world premiere of Le Soulier de satin, an opera composed and conducted by Marc-André Dalbavie and inspired by the work of Paul Claudel, that will also be broadcast on chezsoi.operadeparis.fr and medici.tv as of 13 June at 2:30pm, then on France Musique on 19 June at 8pm. The Hommage à Roland Petit evening will be presented from 28 May to 7 July, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito from 30 June to 13 July and the programme Jeunes danseurs de l'Opéra from 9 to 14 July. At the Opéra Bastille, Giacomo Puccini's Tosca will run from 4 to 25 June, a series of concerts devoted to the works of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky from 6 to 12 June, and Rudolf Nureyev's Romeo and Juliet from 10 June to 10 July. On 2 July, Philippe Jordan will bid farewell to the Paris Opera's stage as its musical director during an exceptional concert. You will also be able to discover the Academy's production of The Rape of Lucretia at the Théâtre des Bouffes-du-Nord from 19 to 29 May.

In order to adapt to the successive curfew and limited audience measures envisaged by the government, we have chosen to stagger sales openings. Firstly, the opera, ballet and concert performances from 19 May to 8 June will go on sale on Wednesday 12 May; the times of these performances have been brought forward to allow you to get home before 9pm. You will subsequently be able to book tickets for the 9 to 29 June programme from 27 May onwards and then, at the beginning of June, access the July performances. At each stage you will be informed of the procedure for purchasing tickets and the conditions of access to our theatres.

The Palais Garnier will also reopen its doors to visitors from 19 May at 10am.

We are all committed to welcoming you in the best possible conditions and in compliance with health measures, for your well-being and safety.

The teams of the Paris Opera and myself are looking forward to seeing you and to sharing the most precious artistic moments with you!

With warm thanks for your loyalty,

See you soon,
Alexander Neef
General Manager

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