Opening Gala

Order tickets
October 2024
Mo
Tu
We
Th
Fr
Sa
Su

 

Launching the dance season, the Gala is one of the Paris Opera’s key events. On the stage of the Palais Garnier, the traditional Ballet Parade brings together the students of the Ballet School and all the dancers of the Company. This will be followed by two works by William Forsythe: Rearray, a duet making its repertoire debut, and Blake Works I, created for the Paris Opera Ballet in 2016 to electro-songs by James Blake.

Finally, the Opera presents for the first time the dreamlike world of Swedish choreographer Johan Inger with Impasse, questioning the relationship between the group and the individual and set to colourful music by Ibrahim Maalouf and Amos Ben-Tal.

Program and cast

The Paris Opera Ballet Défilé

The Paris Opera Orchestra
With the participation of the Paris Opera Ballet School students
Étoiles tutus and tiaras designed by Chanel

 

Creative team

Hector BerliozMusic - La Marche, excerpt from "Les Troyens" - act 1

Mojca Lavrenčič - Conductor

 

Rearray

Creation

Based on the choreography created for Sylvie Guillem and Sadler's Wells Theatre, London (2011)

Creative team

William Forsythe - Choreography

David MorrowM - usic(1952)

William Forsythe - Set and costume design

Tanja Rühl - Lighting design

 

Blake Works I

Creative team

William Forsythe - Choreography

James Blake - Music

William Forsythe - Scenography, costume and lighting design

Dorothée Merg - Costume design

Tanja Rühl - Lighting design

 

Impasse

New to the repertoire

Creative team

Johan IngerC - horeography

Ibrahim Maalouf - Music

Amos Ben-Tal - Music

Johan Inger - Scenography

Bregje van Balen - Costume design

Tom Visser - Lighting design

Annie Tådne - Video

 

Les Étoiles, les Premières Danseuses, les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet de l’Opéra
Recorded music

 

Duration : 2h15 with 1 interval

Paris Opera Palace Garnier

RM Europa Ticket GmbH is an officially accredited ticket reseller of/by Opera National de Paris.

 

Agency number: 4848428

 

The Paris Opera (French: Opéra de Paris, or simply the Opéra) is the primary opera company of Paris. It was founded in 1669 by Louis XIV as the Académie d'Opéra and shortly thereafter was placed under the leadership of Jean-Baptiste Lully and renamed the Académie Royale de Musique. Classical ballet as we know it today arose within the Paris Opera as the Paris Opera Ballet and has remained an integral and important part of the company. Currently called the Opéra national de Paris, it primarily produces operas at its modern 2700-seat theatre Opéra Bastille which opened in 1989, and ballets and some classical operas at the older 1970-seat Palais Garnier which opened in 1875. Small scale and contemporary works are also staged in the 500-seat Amphitheatre under the Opéra Bastille.
The company's annual budget is in the order of 200 million euros, of which 100 million come from the French state and 70 million from box office receipts. With this money, the company runs the two houses and supports a large permanent staff, which includes the orchestra of 170, a chorus of 110 and the corps de ballet of 150
Each year, the Opéra presents about 380 performances of opera, ballet and other concerts, to a total audience of about 800,000 people (of which 17% come from abroad), which is a very good average seat occupancy rate of 94%In the 2012/13 season, the Opéra presents 18 opera titles (two in a double bill), 13 ballets, 5 symphonic concerts and two vocal recitals, plus 15 other programmes. The company's training bodies are also active, with 7 concerts from the Atelier Lyrique and 4 programmes from the École de Danse.

The Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. It was originally called the Salle des Capucines because of its location on the Boulevard des Capucines in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, but soon became known as the Palais Garnier in recognition of its opulence and its architect, Charles Garnier. The theatre is also often referred to as the Opéra Garnier, and historically was known as the Opéra de Paris or simply the Opéra, as it was the primary home of the Paris Opera and its associated Paris Opera Ballet until 1989, when the Opéra Bastille opened at the Place de la Bastille. The Paris Opera now mainly uses the Palais Garnier for ballet.

The Palais Garnier is "probably the most famous opera house in the world, a symbol of Paris like Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, or the Sacré Coeur Basilica." This is at least partly due to its use as the setting for Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera and, especially, the novel's subsequent adaptations in films and Andrew Lloyd Webber's popular 1986 musical. Another contributing factor is that among the buildings constructed in Paris during the Second Empire, besides being the most expensive, it has been described as the only one that is "unquestionably a masterpiece of the first rank." This opinion is far from unanimous however: the 20th-century French architect Le Corbusier once described it as "a lying art" and contended that the "Garnier movement is a décor of the grave".

The Palais Garnier also houses the Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra de Paris (Paris Opera Library-Museum). Although the Library-Museum is no longer managed by the Opera and is part of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the museum is included in unaccompanied tours of the Palais Garnier.

Related events
Crazy Horse Paris
Paris - Crazy Horse Paris
Performances: Mo 22 Jul 2024,
Moulin Rouge
Paris - Moulin Rouge
Performances: Fr 20 Dec 2024,
Moulin Rouge - Moulin Rouge Paris
Paris - Moulin Rouge
Performances: Mo 22 Jul 2024,
Moulin Rouge
Paris - Moulin Rouge
Performances: Mo 22 Jul 2024,
Crazy Horse Paris
Paris - Crazy Horse Paris
Performances: Mo 22 Jul 2024,
Crazy Horse Paris
Paris - Crazy Horse Paris
Performances: Fr 30 Aug 2024,