The Bastille Opera

Its backstages and its stage, unique in the world

The meeting point with the tour guide is located at 120 rue de Lyon, 75012 Paris, entrance for artists and staff of the Opéra Bastille.
Please arrive 10 minutes before the visit time. Latecomers will not be permitted after the departure of the visit. Tickets are not returned nor exchanged.

The visit is not accessible to the people with reduced mobility and children under 8 years old. Wearing closed and comfortable shoes is mandatory to access the visit.

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During 90 minutes, you 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.

The visit is only available in French.

Full rate: 17€
Reduced rate: 12€
(unemployed, people on social assistance/income support/other social benefits)
Reduced rate: 9€ (disabled people and accompanying person)

Individual guided tours – 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.


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).


Full rate (17€): adults over 25 years old
Reduced rate (12€)*: young people aged between 10 and 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 (9€) *: disabled people, disabled civilians with an accompanying person (the visit is not accessible to the people with reduced mobility), holders of Pass Jeunes or AROP individual Member’s card, Paris Opera Member’s card.

* on presentation of a valid ID
** The visit is not accessible to the people under 10 years old.
*** on presentation of a valid identification (less than three month old).
**** on presentation of a ticket less than one year old.


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 8 years old.
For this visit, closed-toe shoes are mandatory. 

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 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


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).


+33 1 71 25 24 23 (0.35€/min) or on-site
From Monday to Saturday, 12 to 6:30.

Guided tour

Backstage areas' private tour

+33 1 40 01 24 60 or


Please note that the cloakrooms are not available for visitors. 

The Opéra Bastille Shop

Open from one hour before and until the end of performances
Further information: +33 1 40 01 17 82 or

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