La Boheme Photo credit: Opéra national de Paris/Julien Benhamou
A well designed and detailed set lent the opera unexpected realism. The large cast and beautiful voices contributed to the pleasant experience. We liked the relatively comfortable Category 1 seats near the front of the theater with an unobstructed view of the stage. The modern theater offered ample selection of seats. What it lacked in intimacy it seemed to make up for in ease of use. We enjoyed the performance of La Boheme itself and the venue, and would gladly return to the Opera Bastille in the future.
Established-Renovated The Opera Bastille, a modern structure designed by Canadian-Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott and made with blue granite from Lannelin in Brittany and pearwood from China, was established in 1989.
Handicapped Access According to a spokesperson, the building offered wheelchair access, ramps, elevators, and Braille signage.
Location In the city’s twelfth arrondissement facing in the well known Place de la Bastille
Number Of Employees The company employed 1,035 permanent staff.
Owned-Managed The Opera Bastille is one of two theaters of the Opera National de Paris, an EPIC (etablissement public a caractere industriel et commercial) non profit entity.
Pets No pets were allowed in the building.
Size The building had a floor area of 160,000 square feet and interior space of 109,675 square meters. It was capable of seating 2,745 attendees. The adjustable orchestra pit could accommodate 130 musicians.
Transportation The theater is within reach of public and private transport.
It was a performance of The Orchestre et Choeur de l’Opera National de Paris and Maitrise des Hauts de Seine Choeur d’Enfents de l’Opera National de Paris. The cast members were: Ana Maria Martinez (Mimi), Mariangela Sicilia (Musetta), Piotr Beczala (Rodolfo), Tassis Christoyanne (Marcello), Ante Jerkunica (Colline), Simone del Savio (Schaunard), Bruno Lazzaretti (Benoit), Francis Dudziak (Alcindoro), Se Jin Hwang (Parpignol), Olivier Ayault (Sergente dei doganari), Andrea Nelli (Un doganiere), and John Bernard (Un venditore ambulante).
During the intermission we joined the attendees in the common areas, seeking beverages and observing the sculptures situated to one side of the concessions.
- Opera Bastille
- Place de la Bastille
- 75012, Paris
- +33 1 71 25 24 23
- +33 08 92 89 90 90 (for calls within France about reservations and visits)