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Opéra Bastille, Paris

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Place de la Bastille
Paris, 75012 France
+ 33 1 58 18 35 35 www.operadeparis.fr/en

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The Opéra Bastille is the work of the Canadian-Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, who was chosen in November 1983 after an international competition that attracted entries from some 1,700 architects. The theatre was inaugurated on July 13th, 1989.
Its architecture is marked by transparent façades and by the use of identical materials for both the interiors and the exteriors. With it’s 2,745 acoustically consistent seats, its unique stage facilities, its integrated scenery, costume and accessory workshops, as well as its numerous work areas and rehearsal rooms, the Opera Bastille is a great modern theatre.

In order for performances to run smoothly once the curtain has gone up, hundreds of people join forces and combine their expertise throughout the year. The Opéra Bastille is a genuine living city bringing together stage technicians, sculptors and painters, seamstresses and hairdressers.

The Paris Opera relies on both craftsmanship and ultra-modern techniques for creating props, costumes, wigs, sets. This blend of technical innovation and age-old “savoir-faire” is to be found in the Bastille workshops.

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February 2018

La Traviata @Opéra National de Paris – ongoing

February 2 - February 28
Opéra Bastille, Paris, Place de la Bastille
Paris, 75012 France
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Who does not know the story of La Traviata? Inspired by the life of Marie Duplessis in La Dame aux camélias by Alexandre Dumas, Verdi composed the grand opera of feminine tragedy: a drama where, in the name of debauchery, society authorises extremes of sentiment and affronts the modesty of the most fragile emotions with an unhealthy voyeurism. Torn between love and moral duty, the heroine succumbs to the disease that corrupts both her body and her soul, a soul…

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The Barber of Seville @Opéra National de Paris – ongoing

February 4 - February 16
Opéra Bastille, Paris, Place de la Bastille
Paris, 75012 France
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A masterpiece of opera buffa, The Barber of Seville still enjoys the same success as it did at its first performance in 1816. Inspired by Beaumarchais’ play of the same name, Rossini remained faithful to the narrative simplicity of the play whilst portraying characters bubbling over to the relentless rhythm of the score. Overture and arias alike rapidly gained in notoriety. Damiano Michieletto’s frenetically vivid production alternates smoothly between picturesque realism and dreamlike fantasy in a single, monumental set making…

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Un Ballo in Maschera by Verdi @Opéra National de Paris – ongoing

February 6 - March 3
Opéra Bastille, Paris, Place de la Bastille
Paris, 75012 France
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When he composed Un Ballo in Maschera, Verdi already had numerous masterpieces to his name. He now aspired to new and extremely bold subjects. History was to supply him with a subject this time: the assassination of the King of Sweden, Gustave III, in 1792 at a masked ball. In Naples, however, censorship was the order of the day: one could not assassinate a king on stage and the composer found himself obliged to transpose his ball to Boston at…

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March 2018

Benvenuto Cellini by Berlioz @Opéra National de Paris

March 17 - April 14
Opéra Bastille, Paris, Place de la Bastille
Paris, 75012 France
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The Florentine sculptor and silversmith Benvenuto Cellini rapidly attained a degree of renown that went beyond the confines of Italy. His flamboyant temperament, his acute awareness of his own talent and the freedom of spirit he flaunted before those in power are all characteristics that inspired Berlioz when he read his memoirs. Invariably embroiled in conspiracies, intrigues and quarrels, Cellini is commissioned by the Pope to cast a large sculpture of Perseus. He is loved by Teresa, but she is promised to Fieramosca, an academic artist who…

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April 2018

Parsifal by Wagner @Opéra National de Paris

April 27 - May 23
Opéra Bastille, Paris, Place de la Bastille
Paris, 75012 France
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From the prelude of Parsifal onwards, we are under a spell cast by music of sacred dimensions, tinged with esotericism and Buddhist and Christian references bearing a universal yet sibylline message. How do we comprehend a work that we must traverse like a forest of symbols? Who is Parsifal? The ultimate incarnation of the new man on whom Wagner meditated all his life? Beginning with the legend of Percival and the Holy Grail, the composer brought his reflections on the…

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May 2018

L’heure espagnole by Ravel & Gianni Schicchi by Puccini @Opéra National de Paris

May 17 - June 17
Opéra Bastille, Paris, Place de la Bastille
Paris, 75012 France
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A distinct whiff of commedia dell’arte pervades this programme. Spiced with Italian buffa, L’Heure espagnole transports us to Torquemada’s clock shop, the scene of his wife Concepcion’s infidelities. Latin in its harmonic sensuality, the farcical humour of Ravel’s opera is a fitting counterpart to the situation imagined by Puccini in Gianni Schicchi. Weary of tragic subjects, for the final part of Il Trittico Puccini composed a grand confidence trick orchestrated by a falsifier willing to do anything to gain wealth.…

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June 2018

Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky @Opéra National de Paris

June 4 - July 12
Opéra Bastille, Paris, Place de la Bastille
Paris, 75012 France
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In 1824, when Pushkin turned to Boris Godunov for his first historical drama, he knew only too well what a colossus he was tackling. It was armed with his reading of Shakespeare that he matched his skills to the dazzling reign of the Tzar of Russia (1598-1605). Indeed, there are elements of Macbeth in this political fable, in which the ghost of the child that Boris has had killed in order to seize the throne appears as an impostor. Adapting…

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Il Trovatore by Verdi @Opéra National de Paris

June 20 - July 14
Opéra Bastille, Paris, Place de la Bastille
Paris, 75012 France
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How does one approach Il Trovatore – the most popular opera of its day and a swashbuckling tale of love and death over which looms a gypsy’s curse – without singeing one’s wings in the flames of its flamboyantly extravagant plot? For this work sums up the magic of opera, the way in which a dense and complex libretto abounding in dramatic twists can be transcended by the vertiginous beauty of a vocal line. And by the coherence of the…

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