The best opera houses in France

Palais Garnier, photo by elPadawan/Flickr

Are you a fan of art and culture? Well, if you are planning a tour in France, I have good news for you. There are numerous fantastic opera houses all over the country in such famous cities, like Bordeaux, Lille, Nice, Toulon, Marseille, Lyon and of course Paris. The buildings which house the opera houses are also outstanding architectural jewels. Visit the Palais Garnier in Paris, the Opéra de Marseille, the Opéra de Lille, the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux or any other popular opera house in France and you will surely be satisfied by the beauty of the building and the performances. Read the following article to find out which are the best opera houses in France.

Palais Garnier

The immense and breathtaking opera house of Paris, the Palais Garnier is of an outstanding beauty. It has almost 2.000 seats and was built between 1861 and 1875. The opera house was named after its architect, Charles Garnier. It is considered one of the world’s most famous opera houses. The Palais Garnier is mainly used for ballet. Both the exterior and the interior part of the opera house are breathtaking. The building is a typical example of the Beaux-Arts architectural style. The major highlights of the interior are the Grand Foyer and the Grand Staircase. With numerous sculptures, chandeliers, columns and busts of famous personalities, the opera house is outstanding and very attractive for visitors. It is open to the public and there are guided tours at different times, from 11:30 to 15:30 or after closing time. (November 2012)

Palais Garnier, photo by elPadawan/Flickr

Opéra de Marseille

In 1685, Marseille was the second city in France which had an opera house. The actual building dates from 1924 and provides about 1.800 seats. It houses a huge auditorium, a gallery and two balconies. The main façade of the building presents beautiful columns and sculptures, being very attractive. It is a very popular landmark of Marseille and attracts such personalities like Plácido Domingo. It is open to the public and can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:30. (November 2012)

Opéra de Lille

Another gorgeous opera house can be found in the city of Lille. It is housed in a spectacular building which was built between 1907 and 1913. The previous opera house of the city was destroyed by fire. The main façade of the opera house is breathtaking, presenting gorgeous bas-reliefs. The interior is also very attractive, housing beautiful sculptures.

Opéra de Lille, photo by couscouschocolat/Flickr

Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux

The immense building of the opera house of Bordeaux actually housed the theatre of the city. Today, it is home to the National Opera of Bordeaux. The façade with its Corinthian columns and 12 fantastic sculptures is breathtaking. The interior of the opera house is also very attractive, being restored in 1991. It is open to the public and the admission fee is €6 for adults and €5 for children.

Opéra-Théatre de Metz Métropole

The oldest opera house of the country is situated in Metz. it was constructed between 1732 and 1752. The neo-classical building offers 750 seats and it is very attractive for visitors of Metz. It is situated on the Place de la Comédie and houses several performances each year. If you visit Metz, don’t miss to visit the opera house.

Opéra-Théatre de Metz Métropole, photo by Alexandre Prévot/Flickr


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