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Saint-Saëns: a free spirit

Portrait de Camille Saint-Saëns, vers 1870-1880. Photographie en noir et blanc. BnF, Bibliothèque-musée de l’Opéra.
Portrait de Camille Saint-Saëns, vers 1870-1880. Photographie en noir et blanc. BnF, Bibliothèque-musée de l’Opéra. © BnF / BMO

From June 25 to October 3, 2021 at the Palais Garnier

A free spirit! You might find this expression surprising, and yet it aptly describes the musician who gained international renown as both a pianist and organist, and who was also a composer having revelled in excelling across all genres, played across all continents and held in high esteem by the greatest musicians of his day...

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Past exhibitions

Grand Opera

From october 24 to february 2nd, 2020 at the Palais Garnier

The documents brought together in this exhibition testify to the immense enthusiasm aroused by French grand opera. Even if this passion faded a little during the Revolution of 1848, some great masterpieces were still produced under the Second Republic and the Second Empire.   

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Birth of an Opera

© Hubert Verneret

On the eve of the Opéra Bastille’s thirtieth anniversary, the Paris Opera is presenting a selection of original photographs drawn from three news reports conducted between 1984 and 1989 during the construction phase on the site of the former railway station, from when the building first began to take shape up to its final inauguration. 

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A certain air of Italy. The Paris Opera from Louis XIV to the Revolution

From 28 May to 1 September 2019 at the Palais Garnier

This exhibition is being organised by the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Opéra national de Paris to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Paris Opera. It goes back over the often turbulent history of the first opera house in France, in its relations with Italian culture.
The exhibition brings these flamboyant chapters in the Opera’s history back to life for visitors – peopled by such prominent figures as Louis XIV, Lully, Campra, Rameau, Gluck and Salieri, at a time when Paris was forging its reputation as one of Europe’s musical capitals.

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Nureyev at the Paris Opera

From November 23, 2018 to January 2, 2019
Opéra Bastille, Stalls level 

On the occasion of the revival of Cinderella at the Opéra Bastille, the Paris Opera Ballet is paying tribute to Rudolf Nureyev. The choreographer, who would have been 80 this year, had a profound impact on the history of the repertoire which he enriched with his grand ballets, starting with Don Quichotte in 1981 all the way up to La Bayadère in 1992. Through a series of some fifty photographs, Rudolf Nureyev, Director of Dance at the Paris Opera from 1983 to 1989, is celebrated alongside his performers and the choreographers he invited. More than two decades after he left the Opera and prematurely passed away, the young Tatar who made France his home maintains an inspiringly strong presence within the Company and his works have retained all of their vibrancy.
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Picasso and dance

© Succession Picasso,2016 BNF

From 13 June to 16 September 2018 

Widely recognised as a major painter of the 20 th century, Picasso, a highly versatile artist, produced an extraordinarily rich oeuvre, as diverse as it is prolific, and one that constantly affords new discoveries. Well before his marriage with the ballerina Olga Khokhlova, it was for popular dance that the young Pablo showed an interest, sketching street and cabaret life alike in numerous drawings. Whilst we often evoke his work between 1910 -1920, alongside Cocteau, Stravinsky and Massine, designing costumes and sets for the Ballets Russes, who remembers that he worked hand in hand at the Paris Opera with the choreographer Serge Lifar on the 1962 revival of Icarus? If the nymphs of the stage curtain for Le Train bleu (1924) seem familiar to many, how many of us have ever had the opportunity to admire the dancers, satyrs and fauns celebrating Dionysus in the mythological‑inspired prints produced by the master in the forties and fifties? To accompany the event “Picasso‑Méditerranée”, the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Paris Opera propose to explore the different facets of Picasso’s relationship with dance through a series of works and documents rarely to be seen in France.

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Patrice Chéreau

November 18, 2017 – March 1, 2018
Palais Garnier, Library-Museum of the Opera

To coincide with the revival of From the House of the Dead by Janáček, in November 2017, the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Paris Opera celebrate the work of Patrice Chéreau for the operatic stage. The exhibition is an invitation to explore Chéreau’s processes of creation for the opera and looks closely at specific aspects of the work he carried out for the operatic stage : the direction of singers, dialogues with conductors, lighting and costume designers and the choice of sets.

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Mozart, a French passion

From June 20 to September 19, 2017

As the Paris Opera launches a new Mozart-Da Ponte cycle, the exhibition organised by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Paris Opera sheds light on the impact of the Salzburg-born composer on French musical life, from his early visits in France to his posthumous glory in the nation's opera houses.

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Bakst : from the Ballets russes to haute couture

From 22 November 2016 to 4 March 2017 at the Palais Garnier

On the occasion of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the artist’s birth, the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Opéra National de Paris have organised a retrospective exhibition presenting the work of a man anchored in a fairy-tale creation, in spite of the hardships of time and the violence of history.

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American Choreographers at the Paris Opera

From 16 June to 25 September 2016 at the Palais Garnier

A true phenomenon in the history of the choreographic arts, American dance is regarded as “an art of change”. It
developed quickly at the beginning of the 20th century and asserted its creative strength during the middle years of that century, whilst becoming immediately recognisable around the world. Characterised by great diversity, American dance cannot be limited to a stylistic or geographical definition.

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Virtual exhibition

Samson et Dalila: Spaces & matters

The partnership between ESAA Duperré and Paris National Opera/Opéra-Université, was initiated during 2012-2013 season and lead to several projects one of which was A Ring in images. Works of the students in BTS Space Design were exhibited in the public areas of the Bastille Opera in 2013.

Students in BTS Space Design, DMA (Diplôme des Métiers d’art) Arts Textiles option broderie and DSAA (Diplôme supérieur en Arts appliqués), Mention Mode – Majeure Mode et Environnement have produced works based on the opera of Camille Saint-Saëns, Samson et Dalila, scheduled at the beginning of this season.

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