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 and your group will be immersed into the backstage world of this modern theatre, whose dimensions are impressive, created in 1989 by Carlos Ott.

Full rate: 17€
Reduced rate: 12€
(unemployed, people on social assistance/income support/other social benefits, under 25 years old)
Reduced rate: 9€ (school groups, extracurricular groups, disabled people and accompanying person)
B2B rate: 15€

Informations and Bookings

By mail :

By e-mail :

Opéra national de Paris Service des visites
8 rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, FRANCE

Informations and Bookings

By e-mail :

By mail :

Opéra national de Paris Service des visites
8 rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, FRANCE


Discover the backstage areas and places unknown to the general public, only accessible during these exclusive visits and commented by a guide from the Paris Opera.

Duration: 1 hour and a half. For private group of 30 people maximum.


- Public and backstage areas (group of 1 to 5 people): 700 € excl. VAT (840 € including VAT)

- Public areas and backstage tour (group of 6 to 20 people): 1 200 € excl. VAT (1 440 € including VAT)

- Craftmanship tour* per group of 6 to 20 people : 2 000 € excl. VAT (2 400 € including VAT)

* The "Craftsmanship tour" is only available on weekdays.

Informations and Bookings

By phone :
+33 1 58 18 35 57
From Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm

By e-mail :

Informations and Bookings

By phone :
+33 1 58 18 35 57
From Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm

By e-mail :

Guided visits for groups – information


By e-mail:


Bookings are obligatory (at least 30 days before the date of the visit) and must be done at the Visits Service by email to

Minimum booking: 15 participants
Maximum booking: 30 participants for an adult group and 35 participants for a school or extracurricular groups, accompanying adults included.

The payment must be done 21 days before the planned visit at the latest by wire transfer or credit card.
Tickets will be delivered by your guide on the day of the visit.
Meeting point with the tour guide: Bastille Opera, staff and artists’ entry, 120 rue de Lyon, 75012 Paris.


Full rate: adults over 25 years old
Reduced rate (12€)**: (unemployed, people on social assistance/income support/other social benefits, under 25 years old)
Reduced rate (9 €) *: members of school groups under 25 years old and the persons in charge - limited to one accompanying adults for 5 children (under 12 years old) and 1 accompanying adult for 9 students (from 12 to 25 years old)-, disabled people and their accompanying person (limited to one accompanying person per disabled person).
B2B rate: reserved for works councils, tour operators, bus operators, and travel agencies.

* on presentation of a valid identification


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.

During your visit, you will enter the workspaces of people working for the good preparation of the performances (artists, technicians and administrative staff). We thank you for making sure that all the members of the group remain calm, attentive and focused so that the interactions with the guide will take place calmly. The person(s) in charge of school groups and extracurricular groups should be particularly attentive to the preparation of their students and the behaviour of the whole group during the visit. The Paris Opera has the right to interrupt the visit without notice or refund if the members of the group do not respect the safety rules or the staff of the Opera.

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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