Visits to the Opéra Bastille are suspended until further notice.
We thank you for your understanding and will keep you informed as soon as possible of the reopening of visits. We are looking forward to see you soon.
© Patrick Tourneboeuf / Tendance Floue / OnP
During 90 minutes, you and your group will be immersed into the backstage world of this modern theatre, whose dimensions are impressive, created in 1989 by Carlos Ott.
Please note that access to the auditorium and the workspaces can be restricted or denied due to technical and/or artistic reasons.
Latecomers will not be permitted after the departure of the visit. Tickets are not returned nor exchanged.
Full rate: 17€
Reduced rate: 12€ (unemployed, people on social assistance/income support/other social benefits)
Reduced rate: 7€ (disabled people and accompanying person)
Learn more about the Paris Opera's history and architecture in our section "350 years".
The Opéra Bastille is the work of the Canadian-Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, who was chosen in November 1983 after an international competition that attracted entries from some 1,700 architects. The theatre was inaugurated on July 13th 1989.
Its architecture is marked by transparent façades and by the use of identical materials for both the interiors and the exteriors. With its 2,745 acoustically consistent seats, its unique stage facilities, its integrated scenery, costume and accessory workshops, as well as its numerous work areas and rehearsal rooms, the Opera Bastille is a great modern theatre.
Opera national de Paris. Opera Bastille.Facade principale sur la place de la Bastille. © Patrick Tourneboeuf/Tendance Floue/OnP
Area: 1,200 m², 5% of the total for the building
Dimensions: 20 m high, 32 m deep, 40 m wide
Number of seats: 2,745
Materials: blue granite from Lannelin in Brittany, pearwood from China, glass ceiling.
Niveau -6, espace de dégagement pour la machinerie des plates-formes mobiles quand elles sont descendues. © Simon Chaput / OnP
Orchestra pit, mobile and adjustable, can be covered; at its largest it can house 130 musicians Main stage, 45 m high, 30 m wide, 25 m deep, made up of 9 elevators allowing several levels to be created and supported by three main elevators, which bring scenery up from below stage Clearing zones, 4 storage areas with the same dimensions as the stage Backstage area, with its scenery turntable Circulation area, scenery temporarily stored between the stage, workshops and rehearsal stage, the Salle Gounod, with its orchestra pit and dimensions identical to those of the main stage .
Ateliers de décors de l'Opéra Bastille, atelier peinture © Simon Chaput / OnP
In order for performances to run smoothly once the curtain has gone up, hundreds of people join forces and combine their expertise throughout the year. The Opéra Bastille is a genuine living city bringing together stage technicians, sculptors and painters, seamstresses and hairdressers.
The Paris Opera relies on both craftsmanship and ultra-modern techniques for creating props, costumes, wigs, sets. This blend of technical innovation and age-old "savoir-faire" is to be found in the Bastille workshops.
Access through the artists and staff entry
120 rue de Lyon
Access to the Bastille Opera
Metro: Bastille station (lines 1, 5 and 8, exit n°4 r. de Lyon)
RER: Gare de Lyon station (line A)
Bus: lines 29, 69, 76, 86, 87, 91
Car park: Q-Park Opéra Bastille - 34 rue de Lyon 75012 Paris
Reserve your parking space
The Bastille Opera guarentees a safe access to visits only to persons with visual disabilities (accompanying person is mandatory).
No access guarented for people with reduced mobility.
+33 1 71 25 24 23 (0,35€/min) or on-site
From Monday to Saturday, 12 to 6:30.
Backstage areas' private tour
The Paris Opera offers you the possibility to discover the treasures of the theatre's public areas, a master piece of the 19th century theater art architecture.
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