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Covered in velvet and gold, the Ópera de París, projected by and named after architect Charles Garnier, is considered a landmark in the lyrical world. It is a sublime place where, every night, excellent operas and ballets are staged by the best companies, maintaining the vivacity and the strong character of this more than 300 years old institution.

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Discover the programme and book your tickets for the 2018 Season of the Paris Opera House at the Palais Garnier.


Not to be missed in February : In February at the Palais Garnier, we can enjoy of the last performances by Peter Sellars of the opera Only the sound remains, composed by Kaija Saariaho with Philippe Jaroussky and Davone Tines. Dance is at its highest with the magnificent Onegin ballet and the John Cranko choreography on the immortal music of Tchaikovsky. A superb highlight of the Paris Opera Ballet.


The season 2017-2018:

Third season of Stéphane Lissner at the head of the Opéra National de Paris but the very first for the great star Aurélie Dupont, as the new director of dance.


As usual, dance is predominant at the Palais Garnier with the outstanding ballet company of the Opéra National de Paris, known to be one of the best in the world. Transitioning from the most classic repertory to the most demanding modern choreographies, each performance is worth a visit. Great successes like Frederick Ashton's La fille mal gardée or John Cranko's Onegin are the tip of the iceberg alongside the evenings of the great choreographers of our time such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker or Pina Bausch. The sacred monster of dance is present twice this season with the beautiful Orpheus and Eurydice by Gluck and especially the famous Sacre du Printemps.


One of the highlights of the season is Stravinsky's music, directed by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Another highlight is undoubtedly the splendid Jewels by Georges Balanchine, a masterpiece that is not so often on display. Choreography is not only the art of movement, it is also an art in motion, of which the many creations that enrich the repertoire are proof.


This season 2017-2018, the names of James Thierrée and Iván Pérez are at the top of the bill. We also retain the name of Alexander Ekman because this Swedish choreographer is invited for the first time to Garnier with Play, a new and highly anticipated performance.

The Palais Garnier welcomes dance but also presents beautiful lyrical productions that are just as impressive and deserve our fullest attention. Let us focus for a moment on a series of song recitals that offers the greatest modern voices in a sublime setting. Matthias Goerne is a high-class recitalist like Sophie Koch, Simon Keenlyside or Piotr Beczala. Here the diva Angela Gheorghiu can contemplate her international popularity.


As for production, we are pleased to see Così fan tutte by Mozart which has seduced both the dance and opera audiences thanks to the work of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, choreographer and director here. Beloved conductor Philippe Jordan, current music director of the Paris Opera, is in the orchestra pit. Mozart again with La Clemenza di Tito presenting a very high-end double distribution (Ramón Vargas / Michael Spyres, Stéphanie d'Oustrac / Marianne Crebassa, Amanda Majeski / Aleksandra Kurzak, etc.).


The contemporary creation is not forgotten with a great moment at the Opera. ´Only the sound remains´ by the great composer Kaija Saariaho offers Philippe Jaroussky the opportunity to express a new facet of his great talent. The immense artist Barbara Hannigan returns in the twofold  Bluebeard's Castle by Bartók / Voix Humaine by Poulenc in a perfect staging of Krzysztof Warlikowski.


Finally, two new productions attract attention because the beautiful oratorio Jephtha by Handel is directed by William Christie and brings together on stage Ian Bostridge, Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Valer Sabadus, among others. And the rebelious Don Pasquale has an almost ideal distribution (Michele Pertusi, Nadine Sierra, Lawrence Brownlee and Florian Sempey). Unforgettable moments!

The season of the Opéra National de Paris is divided between its two main halls. You will find the overview of the 2017-2018 season of the Palais Garnier by following this link.

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In the land of Descartes, the words «Opéra de Paris» more readily designate a concept than an actual lyrical théâtre! Called «The Royal Academy of Music and Dance» under the reign of Monsieur de Lully and «The Impérial Academy» according to différent jolitical events, the institution was rebaptized a number of time s before settling into the "alais Garnier in 1875. This sumptuous édifice, with every last détail (including the door 'cnobs...) designed by Charles Garnier, brings together the most eclectic architectural éléments. When Napoléon III worried about the buildings differing styles, Garnier reassured him by explaining "hat the design was at the forefront of a new style, called «Napoléon III.» And legend has it that 'he building was constructed on a little lake, in which the Opera's administration bred fish...


Some call to mmd the era of Felia Litvmne (1863-1936) and her vast repertoire, including Tannhâuser, La Juive and Lully’AlCESTE. Others remember the casts billed by Jacques Rouché between 1915 and 1945, an era during which Georges Thill sung both Massenet and Wagner in French. In 1939, the Palais Garnier's Grand Opéra and the Salle Favart's Cornic Opéra were united under the manage­ment of a common admînistrator, the «Réunion des Théâtres Lyriques Nationaux.» And 1964 marks the year during which the old ceiling of the Palais Garnier was covered with a colorfiil fresco by Chagall.


More recently, opéra lovers recall the magnificent Liebermann years, during which, in 1973, Rolf Liebermann, then the Opera's administrator, called upon the know-how of a musical advisor named Georg Solti! In 1989, the very modem Bastille Opéra was opened and the Salle Favart became indépendant once again. The Garnier Théâtre was then reserved for dance, and. together with the Bastille, became part of the «Association des Théâtres de l'Opéra de Paris,» rebap­tized «Opéra National de Paris» in 1994. In the midst of thèse numerous changes, the Palais Garnier has recently under-gone thorough restoration, and since March 1996, lyrical productions are once again programmed on its stage. To opéra lovers' great satis­faction, the famous théâtre has thus revived its past splendeur and a programming worthy of its glorious history.