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Opera Bastille - Opera National de Paris

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Address: 120, Rue de Lyon - Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 58 05 49 42
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Description: This sleek auditorium, opened in 1989, is the site of ballet and opera...
This sleek auditorium, opened in 1989, is the site of ballet and opera performances.
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Great venue and fantastic performance

We visit to see the Magic Flute. My wife is an opera fan and this was the best experience she has had so far. The performance was fantastic and the acoustics as well.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We visit to see the Magic Flute. My wife is an opera fan and this was the best experience she has had so far. The performance was fantastic and the acoustics as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

During my stay in Paris for Marathon de Paris, I have attend the production of Rusalka. It was an amazing opera production to watch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

There are only 32 standing places - so you'll be lucky if you get one. I arrived 2 hours early and was #34! BUT, head on round to the right ie away from main flight of steps and there is another ticket office. If you're lucky enough to be under 25/65+/or out work -and yes they want proof! - join... More 

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Rockledge, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We saw Rusalka and even very good voices could not overcome very bad set and bad directing. It is a shane. the voices were beautiful as were the people but they could not overcome bad sets.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Lovely performance of Rusalka, interesting set, very good performances, it was easy to get excellent seats online (about two months before the performance). Two odd things about the set, however. There is a pool that the water nymphs play in in the first act that appeared to be quite slippery. A couple of times nymphs slipped in it and once... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I am not a regular patron of ballet, but I found Rudolph Nureyev's production of Swan Lake (Le Lac des Cygnes) most enjoyable. This modern opera house is intriguing as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

A great performance in a great opera. We bought tickets from home on the Internet. If you want to visit the opera in Paris you have to buy tickets in advance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We went to Opera Bastille to see the first night of Rusalka (same production as that famously staged in 2002 by Robert Carsen). Both principals were late engagements and both Svetlana Askenova and Pavel Cernoch performed exceedingly well. The ochestra was very very good This is a brilliantly designed modern opera house. The sight lines and acoustics are excellent and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Attending an opera here is generally the highlight of my visits to Paris. So last year I was terribly disappointed when the cast and orchestra went out on a one-night sympathy strike for the evening that I held my ticket. The management returned my money immediately, but the cancellation meant a year's wait before going to another performance. That proved... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We were so tired we didn't go in but it is a beautiful building from the outside. Unfortunately we were hungry and tired and in need of a place to rest and have a glass of wine. I will make a point of going here on my next visit.

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Bastille / Oberkampf
Bastille and Oberkampf are lively parts of town made for entertainment. During the day rows of unassuming bars welcome customers for a bite or a drink, but it’s at night this area really comes to life. Students and young professionals fill the busy bars around Bastille and Oberkampf. At Place de la Bastille, crowds flock to the Opéra Bastille in the evening and groups wait for coveted tickets during the day. Towards Republique, skateboarders practice their tricks while others chill out at the square. If you’re looking for late-night revelry, this is your neighborhood.
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