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Terms of use

Terms of use

The general terms of sale herein apply to subscriptions, individual ticket purchases and programme vouchers for the 2015/16 season purchased from the Opera. The Paris Opera reserves the right to change the general terms of sale at any time. Gift vouchers, Pass’ Jeunes and other special offers are subject to specific terms of sale and usage. These may be consulted online (at operadeparis.fr) or obtained from the box offices of the Palais Garnier and the Opera Bastille. The general terms of sale for groups are available from the "Service Groupes". Group orders for tickets and group subscription requests (10 tickets or more) must be made by e-mail at: groupes@operadeparis.fr.

1. Ordering subscriptions and tickets


Orders for individual subscriptions (up to 9 tickets per performance) are processed within the limits of seats available and, where applicable, within the limit of seats allocated to a particular offer or subscription series. Orders for most subscriptions may be placed from February 4, 2015 until May 25, 2015 (or until September 30, 2015 for youth subscriptions) according to availability. All subscription plans are available on the Opera’s web site, in which case the purchase is made online with immediate effect. Most other subscription offers can also be purchased by telephone on 01 73 60 26 26. Most subscription plans may be ordered by post, enclosing payment, exclusively using the subscription form intended to that effect and available in the subscription brochure or on the web site. All forms that are incomplete, incorrectly filled out, unsigned or sent without payment will be rejected. For orders made by post, seats may be upgraded or downgraded to the seat category immediately above or below if there are no more seats available in the category initially requested by the customer, subject to the customer’s prior agreement. For all payments by cheque, it is imperative that the cheque be made payable to "Opéra national de Paris" and the amount clearly indicated. The Opéra national de Paris will accept no responsibility for damages resulting from the customer’s failure to include this information on the cheque. Payments by credit card or direct debit will be modified automatically. Subscription orders must be sent to: Service des Relations avec le public / Opéra national de Paris / 120 rue de Lyon / 75576 Paris cedex 12. The reduced rates for certain subscriptions are unique to each offer and limited to a particular allotment of seats for a selection of dates and categories.

Individual tickets

Besides the particular conditions governing subscriptions tickets for performances may be purchased as from the opening date for sales indicated in the sales calendar. At the discretion of the Paris Opera, purchases may be limited in terms of the number of seats per performance, per person, and / or per category. Opening dates for sales may be modified by the Paris Opera without warning. The Paris Opera cannot guarantee the availability of all productions, all dates and all categories by all sales channels. Orders are processed by the Paris Opera subject to availability after the subscription campaign. Bookings can be made:

  • by Internet on the operadeparis.fr site. Clients, who do not receive confirmation or refusal of their order by e-mail within one day, should contact the Paris Opera by e-mail at resa.internet@operadeparis.fr.
  • by telephone on 08 92 89 90 90 (0.34 € / min, not including land line operator costs) or from abroad on +33 1 71 25 24 23, from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm (excluding public holidays) with our sales staff.
  • at the box offices of the Palais Garnier from 11.30 am to 6.30 pm (corner of rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) and the Opera Bastille from 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm, or from 11.30 am to 6.30 pm on ticket sales opening days (ticket office, 130 rue de Lyon 75012 Paris) excluding Sundays and public holidays. Sales service during the hour preceding a performance is reserved in priority for tickets still available for the performance in question. Standing places (for performances in the main auditorium of the Opéra Bastille), may be purchased from vending machines located in the foyer of the Opéra Bastille as soon as doors open, 90 minutes before the performance. Upon reception of your tickets, please make sure they correspond to your order.

2. Prices and payment

In accordance with articles L.121-7 and L 121-21-8 of the French Consumer Code, cancellation rights do not apply to the online purchase of tickets and programme vouchers. The Paris Opera reserves the right to change the price of its productions at any time. However, any such modification will not apply to orders that have already been paid for. Any means of payment that is not provided for in the general terms of sale will be refused by the Paris Opera.

Subscription payments

Depending on the subscription package in question, payments may be staggered or settled in full–in accordance with the specific clauses set out in the subscription brochure. Full payments may be made by credit card: Eurocard / MasterCard, Visa, Carte Bleue, American Express, JCB, or by cheque or postal order made payable to the Opéra national de Paris, or by direct debit. Foreign cheques in euros must be cleared in France. Staggered payments must be made by monthly direct debit (available to residents of mainland France only). A € 10 handling charge will be added per subscription (not including postage).All subscriptions must be processed by June 29 2015. The first payment must be made no later than July 3 2015. In the event that a customer’s banking details have changed, the relevant standing order forms must reach the Paris Opera three weeks prior to the payment-due date. Paying for individual tickets Tickets purchased at the box offices of the Paris Opera may be paid for by bank card (Eurocard / MasterCard, Visa, Carte Bleue, American Express, JCB), bank or postal cheque made out to "Opéra national de Paris", upon presentation of proof of identity, in cash, or using one or more ticket gift certificates respecting specific conditions. Foreign cheques in euros must be clearable in France. For tickets purchased by Internet, only payments by bank card (Eurocard / MasterCard, Visa, JCB, Carte Bleue) American Express card or ticket gift certificates are accepted.

3. Modifications and cancellations

The Paris Opera reserves the right to change or modify performances, and in particular, to provide a concert version when conditions do not allow for the presentation of the performance as originally planned. In particular, the Paris Opera reserves the right to make substitutions to the cast. In the event that a performance is cancelled by the Paris Opera, except in the event of an act of God–which expressly includes the requisitioning of the Opera for whatever reason and by any public authority, and / or in the event of a general strike–the face value of the ticket paid by the customer to the Paris Opera will be refunded by the Paris Opera within one month following the performance date at the customer’s request on condition that such a request is made within three month of the date of the performance in question. Refunds will only be made on presentation of the complete unused ticket and the relevant banking details (R.I.B. for French banks) or bank card / A merican Express card / JCB number complete with the expiration date), excluding any other right to additional financial damages or compensation. Tickets will not be refunded if the performance has to be halted after it has passed its midway point. 

4. Getting your tickets

Special-rate tickets are issued subject to providing the necessary documentation associated with that ticket.

Individual tickets

Individual tickets Tickets may be:

  • printed by clients via their personal space as soon as the payment of their order has been confirmed, by Internet or upon request in the case of telephone sales.
  • issued by the Paris Opera box offices when purchased at the box office.
  • issued on the day of the performance the reception desk of each theatre.
  • sent by post, if the client so chooses when ordered in physical form by Internet or telephone. Tickets sent out by regular mail will incur a processing fee of € 3.5 per order. Tickets sent out by registered mail (France only) will incur a processing fee of € 7.5 per order. 


Tickets will be sent out at the latest two weeks before the first performance by registered mail (for a fee of € 7.50) excepting foreign addresses, or by regular mail (for a fee of € 3.50). Tickets may also be downloaded and printed free of charge by the purchaser from their personal page on the opera website at operadeparis.fr once payment has been processed. For subscriptions paid by standing order, tickets will be mailed as the final payments are processed. Subscription tickets cannot be picked up at the box office. The Paris Opera must be informed of any changes to a customer’s physical address or e-mail address. Customers may update their personal information themselves on the Opera’s web site or they may do so by e-mail at mescoordonnees@operadeparis.fr or by writing by regular mail to the following address: Service des Relations avec le public / Opera national de Paris / 120 rue de Lyon / 75576 Paris cedex 12.

Delivery of tickets

In the event that a ticket cannot be expedited because of a customer’s failure to notify a change of address, none of the amount paid will be refunded. In the event that purchased tickets have not been received three business days prior to the date of the performance, the customer should contact the Paris Opera by telephoning 08 92 89 90 90 (€ 0.34 per minute, not including any independent carrier fees) or +33 1 71 25 24 23 from outside France, from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays (except public holidays). The Paris Opera cannot be held responsible for the loss, theft or delay of tickets during their delivery. Duplicates: no duplicate paper tickets will be issued, except with the specific agreement of the Paris Opera and only in the case of seats with a customer name and number associated with them. In this case, the duplicate ticket will be made available for collection at the Paris Opera in the theatre of the performance on the night of the performance in question. In the event that the performance is cancelled under the conditions set out in clause 3, requests for refunds for duplicate tickets will require the express agreement of the Paris Opera and will only be processed by mail (with the relevant banking details or bank card / American Express / JCB number with expiration date attached).

5. Tickets and conditions of use

The first ticket presented at the door of the theatre invalidates any other that may be presented later. Tickets cannot be returned, exchanged, resold or refunded, (notably in the event of loss or theft), nor resold (except via the official Paris Opera ticket exchange on Internet). Holders of tickets obtained for a particular offer are forbidden, under threat of prosecution, from using those tickets for any promotional or commercial ends. In particular, the sale or exchange of tickets is strictly forbidden except with the specific agreement of the Paris Opera. Failure to respect this clause will result in legal action as provided for under the French Penal Code (the law of June 27, 1919). As such, the Paris Opera reserves the right to refuse access to its performances to any person or persons in possession of a ticket obtained from any organization other than the Paris Opera or duly authorised third parties. Special-rate tickets (subscriptions / cards) are non-transferable. Failure to provide the necessary documentation may result in the customer in question being refused admission to the theatre.

6. Conditions of admission into the theatres of the Opera national de Paris

Appropriate attire is required. Only people holding a valid ticket will be allowed in the auditorium. Each ticket is valid for one seat only. Ticket holders may not sell or distribute any product or item on the Opera's premises. Auditorium doors are closed as soon as the curtain is raised. Latecomers will be obliged to wait until the end of the first scene or first act of the performance to be seated. Photography, filming, or recording of all or part of a performance is strictly prohibited. It is forbidden to consume food and / or drink in the auditorium. Children under the age of three are not allowed in the theatres except for performances specifically intended for them. 7. CLAIMS All claims must be made in writing and sent to the Paris Opera by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt, to the following address: Service des Relations avec le public / O péra national de Paris / 120 rue de Lyon–75576 Paris cedex 12. In cases where a deadline applies, the postmark will provide the proof-of-posting date. Customers enjoying special conditions of access to Paris Opera performances as a result of special agreements between the Paris Opera and a partner (theatre, museum, airline, etc.) may under no circumstances hold the Paris Opera responsible for any failure of the aforementioned partner to fulfil obligations. In the case of productions which are not produced by the Paris Opera, the producer’s general terms of sale should be checked at the performance venue or the producer’s main office. 

7. Use of exchan geable coupons for performance programmes hereafter referred to as “vouchers”

The sale and issue of vouchers Customers have the possibility of buying one or more vouchers that may be exchanged for the performance programme as indicated on the voucher. Vouchers can be purchased individually either by telephone or online at operadeparis.fr at the same time as seat bookings are made. Multiple vouchers corresponding to the subscription purchased may be bought by mail or telephone. In the case of Internet sales this will be effective when the customer receives the confirmation e-mail. Vouchers are issued in the same way as tickets (they can either be printed at home or they can be sent by regular mail or registered letter with recorded delivery according to the customer’s choice, or they may be picked up at the box office on the day of the performance). Vouchers are non-refundable. Picking up performance programmes

A voucher may only be exchanged for the performance programme specified on it. A voucher may be exchanged for one programme only. It must be presented to the programme sales staff on the day of the performance in question. Vouchers may be exchanged from the first performance of the production in question at the opera bookstore-boutiques in both theatres. Programmes are only available until the last performance of the production in question. Strikes or cancellations affecting the performance for any reason whatsoever will have no effect on the terms of use of the voucher. Vouchers cannot be exchanged or refunded under any circumstances. Loss / theft In the case of loss or theft of a voucher, no duplicates will be issued. If need be, complaints should be addressed in writing to the Opéra national de Paris – Direction des relations avec le public, 120 rue de Lyon, 75012 Paris.

The general terms of sale for the 2015/2016 season are subject to change. Date of the latest revision: January 2015. 

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