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Opera Bastille - Opera National de Paris

120 rue de Lyon, Place de la Bastille, 75 012 Paris, France (Hôtel-de-Ville)
01 58 05 49 42
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Ranked #120 of 753 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Operas, Theaters
Description: This sleek auditorium, opened in 1989, is the site of ballet and opera performances.
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Princeton, New Jersey
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Very nice experience at the Opera Bastille. Convenient location in great area of Paris in the Marais. But the building lacks the charm of the old opera house!

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San Antonio, Texas
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

aside from the tremendous ballet performance of hunchback that i saw, and the marvelous symphony, everything else was sub par. After intermission going back to seat right as the doors were closing, some one else was sitting there. I tried to politely ask him to leave, as he was in my seat, and i got a dumb frenchman no understand... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

It was my dream to see La Boheme in Paris, and it came true thanks to the Opera National de Paris' resale ticket site. This is a site sponsored by the organization that allows ticket holders to sell their tickets if they will not be using them. Check the resale site before spending hundreds through a third party website. The... More

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

One of the slightly lesser promoted attractions of Paris is the Opera Nationale de Paris. The cost of entry is just 10 Euros and the elaborately decorated rooms are simply breathtaking. It is a wonderful venue to immerse yourself in French musical culture. On the day I visited, the auditorium was closed to to a rehearsal, and while I missed... More

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The modern architecture is actually not of my taste in this nice square but if you have the chance to see a ballet or opera: you are in for a treat! Know that some cheaper seats are sold every month on site for 15€ or so.

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

To see the premiere of the Balanchine and Millepied Ballet, was the highlight of a family visit to Paris. Tickets were booked in advance on line at http://www.operadeparis.fr/ Our tickets were 62 Euro each which seemed incredibly reasonable for a real premiere performance! The building doesn't have the grand elaborate architecture but the sound and the seating were perfect for... More

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Leonding, Austria
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61 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

saw the ballet of Millepied today and it was quite an experience, the seat was comfortable but the distance is so close to the seat in front overlapping legs is simply not possible. sat in row 20 seat 17 and 19 - great view. stunning building. not enough restrooms - you have to be really fast! during break you can... More

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Groningen, The Netherlands
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

The building may lack the historical ambiance of the old Opera Garnier.. but the accoustic is state-of-the-art. There are 2800 seats, we sat 2nd balcony, and we could hear every little sound clearly, even footsteps. Also the logistics ( cloakroom, getting drinks in the intervals) went very smoothly. Comfortable seats ( important when the performance runs from 18:00 until 23:45!)... More

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Middlebury, Vermont
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88 reviews 88 reviews
24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

While the Palais Garnier across town has a classically stunning exterior, it cannot compete when it comes to the physical comfort afforded by the Bastille's seats. Having attended performances at both venues recently, the healthy back award, without question, belongs to the Bastille. My seat at the Garnier was in desperate need of reupholstering. What made the situation worse was... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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103 reviews 103 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

My wife and I saw Madame Butterfly at Opera Bastille on March 4, 2014. Fantastic opera house - first time there for us (living in Sweden) - enormous, 2700 seats - yet no problem at all to hear and see the performance. Wonderful accoustics. The opera Madame Butterfly was set up in a minimalistic style, still impressive. We will be... More

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