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Opéra National de Paris Bastille

 N8  120 Rue de Lyon 75012 q Bastille  operadeparis.fr

The controversial “people’s opera” was officially opened on 14 July 1989 to coincide with the bicentennial celebrations of the storming of the Bastille. Carlos Ott’s imposing building is a notable break with 19th-century opera-house design, epitomized by Charles Garnier’s opulent Opéra in the heart of the city. The Bastille opera house is a massive, modern, curved, glass building. The main auditorium seats an audience of 2,700; its design is func-tional and modern, the black upholstered seats contrasting with the granite of the walls and the impressive glass ceiling. With ...

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