There’s never any shortage of things to do in Paris. From shopping and dining, to visiting museums and touring historic sites, the options are truly endless. There’s even an opera district! Paris’ National Opera hosts some of the most popular shows and well-known performers of our time, and it’s open all year round. Take your significant other out for a romantic date, or bring the family for a night of fun. No matter what, you’re sure to love the opera district — Paris’ finest artistic center.
Are you planning a trip to Paris in the near future? Consider staying near the opera district. Paris’ National Opera (L’Opéra National de Paris) will host the following performances (and more) in 2014:
The Magic Flute – Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1791, The Magic Flute is a historic opera that has been performed across the globe for over two hundred years. It’s a dramatic yet comedic tale of love, passion and heartache that takes place in a mythical land. Catch the show at the Opera Bastille’s main auditorium on April 6, 10, 13 and 15. Top-billed performers include Pavol Breslik, Eleonore Marguerre, Louise Callinan, Wiebke Lehmkuhl and Daniel Schmutzhard, and the show will be performed in German. Tickets range from €5 to €195, depending on your choice of seating.
Tristan and Isolde – Composed by German composer Richard Wagner between 1857 and 1859, Tristan and Isolde was one of the most popular operatic performances of its time. The story takes place in the Middle Ages and follows Tristan, a knight for the king, and Isolde, the king’s bride-to-be. Their dramatic and tragic love story takes viewers on an emotional journey that continues to captivate audiences today. Tristan and Isolde plays at the Opera Bastille on April 17, 21, 25 and 29, in the main auditorium. The show stars Robert Dean Smith, Franz Josef Selig, Violeta Urmana and Jochen Schmeckenbecher and will be performed in three acts, all in German. Tickets range from €5 to €180.
The Capulets and the Montagues – Also known as I Capuleti e I Montecchi, this opera was written by Vincenzo Bellini in 1830. It tells a reworked version of the classic Romeo and Juliet tale. See I Capuleti e I Montecchi at the Opera Bastille’s main auditorium on April 24, 26 and 30, and May 3, 8, 13, 17, 20 and 23. The performance will feature two acts, each in Italian. Featured performers include Ekaterina Siurina, Paul Gay, Karine Deshayes, CharlesCastronovo and Nahuel di Pierro. The Paris Opera Orchestra will provide accompaniment. Tickets range from €5 to €140.
The Coronation of Poppea – An Italian opera written by Claudio Monteverdi in 1643, The Coronation of Poppea, also called “L’incoronazione di Poppea,” revolves around Poppea, the mistress of Roman Emperor Nero. The Coronation of Poppea will be featured ten times at the Palais Garnier throughout June (check listings for exact dates). The show is performed in three acts, all in Italian, and featured performers include Gaëlle Arquez, Jaël Azzaretti, Amel Brahim-Djelloul, Varduhi Abrahamyan and Karine Deshayes. Tickets range from €10 to €195.
La Bohème – A classic, four-act opera composed by Giacomo Puccini, La Bohème is easily one of the most well-known performances of its kind. First performed in 1896, the show tells the tragic love story of a young poet, Rodolfo, and a beautiful seamstress, Mimi. Catch the performance at the Opera Bastille on June 29, July 2, 4, 7, 9, 12 and 14. Featured performers include Massimo Giordano, Ludovic Tézier, Anita Hartig, and Elena Tsallagova. Tickets range from €5 to €180.
Plan to catch one of these great performances while you’re in Paris? Then be sure to stay in the opera district. Paris’ Hotel Astor Saint-Honoré is located just around the corner from the Paris National Opera House, so contact us today to book your room!
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