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The Bastille Opera

Its backstages and its stage, unique in the world

GUIDED TOUR

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)

Individual guided tours – information

INFORMATION


By phone: 08 92 89 90 90 (0,35€/min) and from outside France: +33 1 71 25 24 23, from Monday to Saturday, 9am to 7pm.


BOOKING CONDITIONS


Book your e.ticket


Book your ticket online: click on the button “BOOK” for the visit of your choice. You will be redirected to a page to create your Paris Opera account (or login if you are already registered).


Ticketing services


At the Bastille Opera’s desks: open from Monday to Saturday, 12 to 6:30pm.


PRICES


Full rate: adults over 25 years old
Reduced rate (12€)*: young adults under 25 years old, holders of Pass Culture 12e/9e, PassAcadémie, unemployed, people on social assistance/income support/other social benefits)**, holders of a self-guided ticket for the visit of the Palais Garnier.
Reduced rate (7 €) * : disabled people, disabled civilians with an accompanying person, holders of Pass Jeunes or AROP individual Member’s card, Paris Opera Member’s card.


* on presentation of a valid ID
** on presentation of a valid identification (less than three month old).


ACCESSIBILITY AND SAFETY


The meeting point with the tour guide is: Bastille Opera, Artists and Staff entry, 120 rue de Lyon, 75012 Paris.

The visit is not accessible to the people with reduced mobility and children under 10 years old.

For this visit, closed-toe shoes are mandatory. 

The theatre history

Learn more about the Paris Opera's history and architecture in our section "350 years".

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A great modern theatre


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.

The main auditorium


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.

Stage facilities


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

Opera City


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.

Prepare your visit

ACCESS

BASTILLE OPERA

Access through the artists and staff entry
120 rue de Lyon
75012 Paris

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

ACCESSIBILITY

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.  

Information and booking:
+331 40 01 18 50 (from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm).
accessibilité@operadeparis.fr

CONTACTS

+33 1 71 25 24 23 (0,35€/min) or on-site
From Monday to Saturday, 12 to 6:30.

Guided tour

+331 40 01 24 90 or visitebastille@operadeparis.fr
From Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm.

Backstage areas' private tour

+331 40 01 24 60 or coulisses@arop.operadeparis.fr

ON-SITE SERVICES

Please note that the cloakrooms are not available for visitors. 

The book and gift shop

From Monday to Saturday, from 11:30am to 1:30pm and from 2:30pm to 7pm, and until the end of performances.
Information: +33 1 40 01 17 82

 Garnier

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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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