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5 Famous Opera, Ballet and Classical Music Venues in Paris

Updated on May 1, 2016

Paris is well known for its opera, ballet and classical music. Tourists visiting for a vacation and even people on business trips shouldn't miss the opportunity to follow the local residents into some of the world's finest cultural attractions found in the city. This article will introduce you to the best places to hear classical music performed by talented orchestra musicians, witness genuine ballet and listen to the magical sound of French opera.

Opéra Garnier

With an exterior enriched by beautiful sculptures and monumental colored marble interior to match, Opéra Garnier is a testament to the high society of more than hundred years' past. Modern culture lovers flock to the beautiful historical building to hear today's finest opera singers, and they spend the evening in the most sophisticated Grand Escalier auditorium.

Outside the Palais Garnier you'll see different styles and themes of statue art clash in a magnificent mix. From torch-bearing nymphs to Carpeaux's revealing sculpture that was vandalized back in 1869. The city did a wonderful restoration job of the building. Mirrors and parquet welcome all visitors as they pass the Grand Foyer to see their favorite musicians and artists perform in Opera Garnier.

Théatre du Chatelet

The Parisian classical music culture owes a lot of its great reputation to the artistic talent of Théatre du Chatelet. From large traditional ballet acts, classical music concerts and operetta shows to today's popular performers, this place has hosted a wide range of performers while upholding the spirit of values upon which it was founded. It's definitely the place to be at if you want to see what's currently in on the local opera scene.

Opéra Bastille

Opéra Bastille is one of the most popular opera houses in Paris. With a relatively recent inauguration date of 1989 and strong ties to Paris National Opera, the place offers an outstanding combination of traditional and modern symphony concerts, ballet performances and opera shows. People who include it in their list of places to visit while in Paris are never disappointed by the atmosphere and acoustics in its magnificent concert halls.

Salle Pleyel

Having recently gone through successful restoration that brought out the genuine beauty of the building's exterior and richly decorated concert hall, Salle Playel has once again gained the status of the top concert hall of large scale symphonic concerts in Paris. Some of the upcoming shows include a talented take on legendary classical music scores and talented pianists with full freedom of expression in their performances.

Théatre des Champs Elysées

Designed and built in a beautiful art nouveau style, Théatre des Champs Elysees is known for showing the infamous 1913 premiere of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps. With Michel Franck as its leading man, the theatre house has remained as the venue of choice for world-renown maestros and orchestras from abroad to perform before the eager and receptive Parisian audience. There are quite a few foreigners who venture here for the true French opera, ballet and classical music experience. Feel free to join them on your next trip to Paris!


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    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      Great to know where this is for when I head back to Paris.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      6 years ago

      I have been to Paris and I adore it!!!!

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A great idea for when traveling to Paris.


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