The general terms of sale herein apply to subscriptions, individual ticket purchases and performance programme vouchers for the 2023/2024 season purchased from the Paris Opera. The Opera reserves the right to change the general terms of sale at any time, particularly in the event of statutory changes.
Gift vouchers, Pass’ Saison, Pass’ Jeunes, Carte Familles 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 Opéra Bastille.
The general terms of sale for groups and firms are available from the “Service Groupes”. Group orders for tickets and group subscription requests (10 tickets or more per performance) must be made by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 April 17, 2023 until end of May 2023 according to availability. All subscription plans are available on the Opera’s website at operadeparis.fr, in which case the purchase is made online with immediate effect. With the exception of “abonnement jeunes” subscriptions, subscription plans can also be purchased with an appointment at box offices, and ordered by post (for the “abonnement libre” only), with payment enclosed, exclusively using the subscription form intended to that effect. The forms in question can be found in the Subscriptions brochure or downloaded from the website. 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. Payments by credit card or direct debit will be modified automatically. Subscription orders must be sent to: Service Abonnements – 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, or linked to a minimum number of performances purchased.
Aside from the particular conditions governing subscriptions, tickets for performances may be purchased on or after the opening date for sales indicated in the sales opening date calendar on our website. 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 prior notice. 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:
Tickets for seats in the 6th category at the Palais Garnier (partial to no visibility) are only available for purchase at the theatre box office on the day of the performance in question.
The Paris Opera offers a cancellation insurance policy which must be purchased at the same time as the subscription or performance tickets that are the object of the insurance.
The insurance policy may be purchased online at operadeparis.fr, by mail, by telephone or at the box offices. If the subscription is taken out at the box office, the notice of the general terms and conditions of sale will be provided on site. A withdrawal period of 30 days applies except in the case of subscription taken out at the box office. The cancellation insurance is associated with one or several theatre tickets and covers the entire order.
The complete conditions of the cancellation insurance are available online at operadeparis.fr, as well as at the Paris Opera’s box offices.
In accordance with article L 121-17 and L 121-21-8 of the Consumer code, there is no withdrawal period in which to cancel online purchases of theatre tickets and programme vouchers.
The Paris Opera reserves the right to change the price of its seat categories and 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. Corporate payments are not accepted.
Depending on the subscription package in question, payments may be staggered or settled in full. Full payments may be made by credit card (Visa, Eurocard/Mastercard, American Express) or by cheque or postal order made payable to the Opéra national de Paris. Foreign cheques in euros must be cleared in France.
In the case of payment by cheque, the amount must be indicated and the cheque must be made out to the Paris Opera. The Paris Opera shall not be held responsible for any prejudice caused by the omission of this mention on the cheque by the client.
Staggered payments must be made by monthly direct debit (available to residents of countries in the SEPA zone) or sent by mail. A €10 handling charge will be added per subscription (not including postage). Direct debit requests must be made by June 30, 2023. A schedule of monthly direct debits will then be drawn up and sent to the spectator. In the event that a customer’s banking details have changed, the relevant standing order forms (signed direct debit mandate and bank account details) must reach the Paris Opera three weeks prior to the payment-due date.
Tickets purchased at the box offices of the Paris Opera may be paid for in cash, by bank card (Visa, Eurocard / Mastercard, American Express), bank cheque or postal order made payable to the “Opéra national de Paris” upon presentation of proof of identity or with gift certificates in accordance with the specific conditions governing their usage. Foreign cheques in euros must be clearable in France. Tickets purchase by phone or online can only be paid for by bank card (Visa, Eurocard / Mastercard, American Express) or with gift certificates.
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, 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 months 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/American Express card number complete with the expiration date excluding any other right to additional financial damages or compensation. These conditions do not apply in cases of Acts of God, which specifically include the requisition or closure of the Opera House by any public authority for any reason whatsoever and national strikes.
Tickets will not be refunded if a performance has to be halted after it has passed its midway point.
Special-rate tickets are issued subject to providing the necessary documentation associated with that ticket.
Tickets will be sent out no later than two weeks prior to the first performance by registered mail with acknowledgement of receipt (for a fee of €8) excepting foreign addresses, or by regular mail (for a fee of €4). Tickets may also be downloaded and printed free of charge by the purchaser from their personal page on the opera’s 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 operadeparis.fr or they may do so by e-mail at email@example.com or by writing by regular mail to the following address: Service Spectateurs – Opera national de Paris – 120 rue de Lyon – 75576 Paris cedex 12.
Tickets may be:
When receiving tickets, clients should be sure to check that they match their initial order.
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 sending an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 08 92 89 90 90 (€0.35 per minute, not including any independent carrier fees) or +33 1 71 25 24 23 from outside France, Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm (except public holidays).
The Paris Opera cannot be held responsible for the loss, theft or delay of tickets during their delivery.
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 such a case, the duplicate ticket will be made available for collection in the theatre of the performance on the night of the performance in question.
The first ticket presented at the door of the theatre invalidates any other that may be presented later. Tickets cannot be returned, exchanged or refunded, (notably in the event of loss or theft), nor may they be resold (except on the Opera’s official online ticket market).
A fee-based exchange service (€10 per ticket) by telephone or at the box offices is available up to 48 hours prior to the performance in question, subject to availability.
Subscribers can exchange their tickets free of charge for another performance of the same season, subject to availability. Exchanges can be made by calling the "Service Abonnés" no later than 48 hours before the date of the performance to exchange for another performance of the same production and up to one month before the date of the exchanged performance to exchange for another production. In the case of an exchange for another production between one month and 48 hours before the date of the performance, a fee of €10 per seat applies.
The difference in price between the new seats chosen and the original seats will be charged to the applicant if the new seats are priced at a higher rate. If the new seats are priced at a lower rate, the Paris Opera will issue a credit note for the difference.
Tickets for performances purchased from the Paris Opera may be resold, under certain conditions, through the Ticket Exchange service set up by the Paris Opera. The general conditions of use of this service can be consulted on operadeparis.fr.
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 and seats reserved for young people or specific audiences) are non-transferable. Failure to provide the necessary documentation may result in the customer in question being refused admission to the theatre.
Appropriate attire is required. Only those 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. As a security measure, a screening checkpoint has been set up at the entrance of each theatre. Ticket holders are requested to arrive at the theatre no later than 45 minutes prior to the performance which starts at the time indicated on the ticket. The doors to the auditorium will be closed as soon as the performance begins. Out of respect for the audience and the performers, latecomers may only be seated at the end of the first scene or the first act of each work. For safety reasons, the main doors of the theatre are closed 15 minutes after the start of the performance. Luggage and travel bags are no longer allowed in the theatres or the theatre cloakrooms, as well as motorised or non-motorised personal transport equipment (except for PRM). It is forbidden to photograph, film or record all or part of the performance. It is forbidden to consume food and/or drink in the auditorium. Children under the age of five are not admitted in the theatres except for performances specifically intended for them. Until the age of fourteen, children must be accompanied by an adult. The public health measures in force at the time of the performance must be respected.
All spectators are required to respect the recommendations of the welcome staff and the seat placement as indicated on the ticket.
Any complaint must be made in writing within 8 days of the event in question and addressed to the Paris Opera, by e-mail to: email@example.com, by telephone: 01 73 60 26 26 or by post to the following address: Service spectateurs - Opéra national de Paris - 120, rue de Lyon - 75576 Paris cedex 12. The postmark will be deemed to be the date of receipt.
In accordance with article R 152-1 of the Consumer code you have the right to seek assistance free of charge from an arbitration service either online: mediationconso-ame.com, or by post: Médiation de la consommation AME – 11, place Dauphine – 75001 Paris.
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 its 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.
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 online 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.
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.
Loss or theft
In the case of loss or theft of a voucher, no duplicates will be issued.
The general terms of sale for the 23/24 season are subject to change.
Date of the latest revision: March 2023.
ADEME identifying number: FR233310_03CWQO
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