The Opéra Bastille of Paris!!

This was one of my hot spots in Paris and came here for the night action first, Heard about the Opéra Bastille but been a futuristic building not my cup of tea, However, as everything in Paris is so catchy once in the area needed to see it, I have written bits on it in previous posts, and its about time I tell you about it on a post of its own with my older pics from my vault! Therefore, here is the Opéra Bastille of Paris !!

The Opéra Bastille main entrance to the Opéra faces the Place de la Bastille, and the July Column placed in its center.


The Opéra Bastille is a modern opera house located on the Place de la Bastille. With its 2 703 seats, the Grand Salle is one of the most important in the world in terms of capacity. The main hall of the opera is 20 meters high, 32 meters deep and 40 meters wide. The luminous ceiling is made of glass. The orchestra pit can hold up to 130 musicians. It can also be covered. Its stage, one of the most modern in the world, is 45 meters high, 30 meters wide and 25 meters deep. It has 9 lifts/risers to create several levels. It sits on 3 main risers, which allow it to descend to the lower backstage stage located on the 6th basement. Two backstage platforms are arranged behind the stage:
The main stage is located on the same level as the stage (1st floor FR), The lower stage is located on the 6th floor (6th basement FR) These two levels are connected by a large hoist, and by the scenic stage which can go up and down between the 1st floor and the 6th floor. On each level, a system of rails and motorized trolleys allows the decorations to be moved.  The opera has two annex halls: A 500-seat amphitheater located below the main hall, and A 237-seat studio located in the annex building.


The Opéra Bastille was inaugurated on July 13, 1989 for the festivities of the bicentenary of the storming of the Bastille, with a show directed by Bob Wilson, La Nuit avant le jour. More than 30 heads of state or government, including United States President George H.W. Bush, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi attend the performance.

A bit of history I like, brief :

First steps from the activity of operas in Paris: On December 14, 1645, Cardinal Mazarin represented in the room of the Petit-Bourbon of the Palais du Louvre, for the entertainment of the young Louis XIV, La finta pazza by Francesco Sacrati. Forerunner of the Opéra-Ballet, this is the first opera given in Paris. The hall is demolished on October 11, 1660 to make way for the colonnade of the Louvre.

The land available, with an area of 2.5 hectares had before the construction of the Opéra Bastille, 3 buildings: The Bastille train station, A building housing a restaurant in the Tour d’Argent, already present at the time of the demolition of the Bastille fortress, The Paramount cinema (overlooking the Place de la Bastille and adjoining the Tour d’Argent). Of the three constructions, only the second has been preserved. It now houses an opera studio and a restaurant, Les Grandes Marches.

Since the end of the 20C, the Opéra National de Paris activity has been organized between the two theaters of the Opéra Garnier (inaugurated in 1875-see post) and the Opéra Bastille (inaugurated in 1990). The Opéra National de Paris is a member of the United Operas of France (ROF), RESEO (European Network for the Awareness of Opera and Dance) and Opera Europa.

The Opéra de Paris on the Opéra Bastille

The Paris tourist office on the Opéra Bastille

There you go folks, in brief there you have it, a wonderful place to come to when visiting Paris. I admit been once to the Opéra Bastille. And of course, is Paris, plenty to see close by it in the wonderful Bastille area. Hope you enjoy the post as I, and visit the Opéra Bastille of Paris!

And remember, happy travels, good health ,and many cheers to all!!!

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