Outstanding Venues

The famous sights of Paris are well known but for the music lover there are great opportunities at the National Opera and Ballet, the Opéra de Paris. It uses two venues for the performances, the Opéra Palais Garnier and the Opéra Bastille. It should not be thought that the newer building, the Opéra Bastille offers performances that are in any way secondary. It is just one of two venues of this prestigious company. The Opéra Palais Garnier of 1875 was commissioned by Napoleon III, built by Charles Garnier and was later the inspiration for the Phantom of the Opera. The Opéra Bastille is by contrast a work of striking modernity commissioned in 1983 and built by the Canadian-Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott. Regular guided tours of both theatres are available. Other opera venues are the Théâtre du Chatelet, the Opéra Athenée, the Opéra Comique and the Théâtre du Champs Elysée.

Parisian audiences have not always been the most appreciative of new operas, Tannhäuser and Carmen were badly received and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring was greeted with a riot at its first performance. Things have improved since then and now the French government subsidizes tickets at the Opéra de Paris by fifty per cent. The birthplace of Claude Debussy in Saint Germain-en-Laye can be reached on the underground and visitors can see much interesting memorabilia such original scores, original letters, photographs and even the composer’s clothes. Further afield is the small house in Montfort-l’Amaury bought by Maurice Ravel in 1921 and occupied by him until his death in 1937.

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Packages

We have a good range of hotels, the two shown below are good four star hotels chosen for their comfort and their proximity to the opera house; the Hotel Concorde Opera is near to the Opera Palais Garnier and the Hotel Les Jardins du Marias is close to the Opera Bastille.

Good three star options are the Hotel Madeleine Hausmann near the Opera Palais Garnier and the Hotel Marais Bastille near to the Opera Bastille.

We will be pleased to quote for a made to measure package with hotel accommodation, opera/ballet tickets and if required flights or Eurostar.

Hotel Concorde Opéra Paris****

Built in 1889 for the Universal Exhibition, this elegant hotel is typically Parisian and it is beautifully decorated throughout. The Opera Palais Garnier is within easy walking distance of the hotel and it is also close to the Gallerie Lafayette, Paris’ most famous shopping area. All of the hotel’s rooms have air-conditioning, sound-proofing, Wifi, a satellite TV, a mini bar and a safety deposit box. Other services and facilities at the hotel include a concierge, a bar and the Terminus Cafe restaurant which offers gourmet cuisine.

Hotel Concorde Opéra Paris

Hotel Les Jardins du Marais****

A few steps from the Opera Bastille and within walking distance to the magnificent Place des Vosges, the hotel is conveniently located close to many places of interest in the historical heart of Paris, the trendy Marais district. The hotel provides a unique, private courtyard, filled with bushes and flowers for a very romantic and Parisian atmosphere. The restaurant is in a futuristic atrium and overlooks the hotel’s private garden. Each of the spacious, comfortable guestrooms and suites is tastefully decorated in light, airy colours.

Hotel Les Jardins du Marais

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THE PROGRAMME
Fri 29 Jun 2018 OPERA BASTILLE BORIS GODUNOV-Mussorgsky
Fri 29 Jun 2018 OPERA PALAIS GARNIER DON PASQUALE-Donizett
Sat 30 Jun 2018 OPERA BASTILLE IL TROVATORE-Verdi
Mon 2 Jul 2018 OPERA BASTILLE BORIS GODUNOV-Mussorgsky
Mon 2 Jul 2018 OPERA PALAIS GARNIER DON PASQUALE-Donizett
Wed 4 Jul 2018 OPERA BASTILLE IL TROVATORE-Verdi
Thu 5 Jul 2018 OPERA BASTILLE IL TROVATORE-Verdi
Fri 6 Jul 2018 OPERA BASTILLE BORIS GODUNOV-Mussorgsky
Fri 6 Jul 2018 OPERA PALAIS GARNIER DON PASQUALE-Donizetti
Sat 7 Jul 2018 OPERA BASTILLE IL TROVATORE-Verdi
Mon 9 Jul 2018 OPERA BASTILLE BORIS GODUNOV-Mussorgsky
Mon 9 Jul 2018 OPERA PALAIS GARNIER DON PASQUALE-Donizett
Tue 10 Jul 2018 OPERA BASTILLE IL TROVATORE-Verdi
Wed 11 Jul 2018 OPERA BASTILLE IL TROVATORE-Verdi
Thu 12 Jul 2018 OPERA BASTILLE BORIS GODUNOV-Mussorgsky
Thu 12 Jul 2018 OPERA PALAIS GARNIER DON PASQUALE-Donizett
Fri 13 Jul 2018 OPERA BASTILLE IL TROVATORE-Verdi
Sat 14 Jul 2018 OPERA BASTILLE IL TROVATORE-Verdi
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