The Palais Garnier, Charles Garnier’s masterpiece, impresses by its lavish interior design, its sculptures, busts and mosaics, and its play on light and colour. The public areas of the opera house, laid out around the Grand Staircase and the main Auditorium, consist of reception rooms and foyers that can host up to 2,100 people for a cocktail.
The main Auditorium
Decked out in red and gold, the Italian-style auditorium contains 2,105 velvet-covered seats. It is lit up by a huge crystal chandelier and enhanced by the warm, bright colours of the ceiling, painted in 1964 by Marc Chagall (a work commissioned by the Minister of Cultural Affairs, André Malraux). Suggested use: concerts, performances, fashion shows, business conferences … Capacity: up to 2,105 seats
The Foyers and the First floor
The huge, richly decorated foyers are favoured by audiences during intermissions.
The Avant-Foyer stands out for its mosaic-covered vault in shimmering colours on a gold background, offering a magnificent view of the Grand Staircase nave and the Carré des Cariatides. The Grand Foyer was designed by Charles Garnier to echo the galleries of Classical period châteaux. Its huge size is further accentuated through the play of mirrors and windows. The magnificent ceiling painted by Paul Baudry illustrates musical themes. The lyre is the main decorative component, appearing on capitals, heating grids and door handles alike. A copy of the bust of Charles Garnier, by the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, stands in the centre of the foyer, near one of the windows providing a view down the Avenue de l’Opéra all the way to the Louvre. An extension of the Grand Foyer, the openwork Loggia, provides a unique view over the Avenue de l’Opéra. The two galleries communicate and are opened on the areas surrounding the Grand Staircase and on the whole first floor allowing large dinners up to 900 people. Suggested use: dinners, cocktails, conferences, fashion shows, video projections, weddings … Capacity: 320 people for a seated dinner, 500 people for a cocktail in the Grand Foyer / 200 people for a seated dinner, 300 people for a cocktail in the Avant-Foyer / 900 people for a seated dinner, 1,400 people for a cocktail in the whole First floor
The Rotonde des Abonnés
This circular space was once reserved for subscribers, who entered via the covered entrance on the east façade, now the Opera Restaurant. The area devoted to the new ticket office on the other side, on the west façade, provides a more extensive view of the Rotonde des Abonnés, and has room for a larger number of guests. The majestic Pythia Fountain under the Grand Staircase is found further on from the Rotunda. Suggested use: cocktails, dinners, dance parties, fashion shows … Capacity: 400 people for a cocktail, 200 people for a seated dinner
The Rotonde du Glacier
A light, airy rotunda adorned with a painted ceiling by Georges Jules-Victor Clairin and tapestry cartoons illustrating a variety of drinks, as well as hunting and fishing scenes. This room was added after the Opera had opened, and distinctly recalls the 1900s. This room provides a more intimate setting ideal for cocktails and suppers. Suggested use: cocktails, dinners, conferences … Capacity: 200 people for a cocktail, 100 people for a seated dinner
The Salon Florence Gould
A light-filled gallery with large windows providing extensive views of the city, this room, situated in the heart of the Palais Garnier, is an excellent venue for more intimate events. Suggested use: cocktails, dinners, conferences … Capacity: 120 people for a cocktail, 80 people for a seated dinner
The Opéra Bastille, designed by the Canadian-Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, was inaugurated on July 13th 1989. Its design is a play on lines, transparencies and light-coloured materials (white Verona marble floors, walls finished in Valreuil limestone and blue granite), upon which depart interiors featuring pear wood, black wood, luminous frosted glass and polished stainless steel. The opera house provides a unique collection of performance areas, with a main auditorium containing 2,745 seats, an amphitheatre seating 500 and a Studio seating 230, all surrounded by foyers.
The main Auditorium
With its optimal visibility and homogeneous acoustics, the main theatre of the Opéra Bastille is designed to provide equal comfort to each member of the audience. Suggested use: concerts, performances, fashion shows, business conferences … Capacity: up to 2,745 seats
This area consists of a semi-circular stage surrounded by terraced seating for up to 500 people. Its foyer can be used for receptions. Suggested use: conferences, seminars, fashion shows, cocktails, dinners … Capacity: 500 seats in the Auditorium // 500 people for a cocktail, 320 people for a seated dinner in the Foyer
The Studio Bastille
This small, welcoming auditorium with 230 seats people has a stage design and acoustic qualities that make it ideal for small-scale operas and concerts. It also has an adjoining foyer suitable for cocktails. Suggested use: conferences, concerts, cocktails … Capacity: 230 seats in the Studio // 230 people for a cocktail in the Foyer
The Panoramic Foyer
Located on the seventh floor, the Panoramic Foyer is a huge circular area providing an extensive view of Paris's finest monuments, with a unique east-west orientation. Suggested use: cocktails, dinners, dance parties … Capacity: 500 people for a cocktail, 320 people for a seated dinner
Adjoining the stairways within the depth of the façade, the Boucliers are rooms both partially open to the public areas, while providing the intimacy required for cocktails during intermissions. Suggested use: cocktails during the interval Capacity: 60 people for a cocktail