Paris has two opera houses: Palais Garnier and the Bastille. It is true, however, that the word "opera" in Paris evokes images of the former, older venue,but the reality is that the latter tends to offer a more opera performances.
I was excited to go see a performance at the Palais Garnier, so I bought tickets for the ballet "The Lady of the Camellias". If I remember correctly, third-row seats were around 30 something euros (very cheap) and the view was excellent.
It was an amazing experience; not just the ballet itself, but exploring the buildings, stairs and salons during intermission....it left me speechless! Every corner has a secret to discover. It was a really great experience!
The Bastille Opera is the second largest opera house in Paris, the Opera Garnier. Classic and contemporary shows, contemporary dance ballets are showcased here. The room is huge and boasts perfect acoustics. Tickets start from 30 €. For reservations have a budget of about 100 €. I think it is a great place.
Thislegendary Parisian venue is undoubtedly the world's most prestigious auditorium: The Olympia Music Hall. Those who have acted here are amongst the most important, artistically speaking, in the world. I mean Edith Piaf, Ferre, Celine Dion, Josephine Baker, Chevalier, Trénet, Montand, Brassens, Barbara, Aznavour, Juliette Greco, Moustaki, Reggiani, Distel, Brel, Ellington, Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Piazzolla, Amalia Rodrigues, Susana Rinaldi, Paco de Lucia. Finally a list of the best in the world. In 1954 Bruno Coquatrix made it a music hall again and it opened. Now you can still see concerts and shows that are pure and good.
St Georges Theatre is in the beautiful square of the same name. You can reach it via metro line 12 which stops in the square, the neighborhood is called "new Athens" and cultural center of Paris in the 19th century - it's a 10 minute walk from Montmartre hill and all the artists of the city. The theater was built in 1929, next to Theirs house, which belonged to a former French president, it was built instead of a family home and belonged to the founder of the Petit Journal, a local newspaper for concerts/cultural events. Since opening it has displayed modern works by local authors, during the war it closed and reopened in the 50s with popular comic works, "Patate" was presented over 2000 times! In the theater the film Last Metro was recorded, it was very successful and received Cesar Awards in Cannes festival. Under 26 year olds pay only 10 euros (instead of 40) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
This is in the heart of Marais and allows one to discover the young artists of Paris and elsewhere, amidst very interesting architecture. There is theater, music, painting and other arts. I love this place, it is full of culture.
I especially liked this show, although it is a bit long. It's based on the Disney film, but for both adults and children. I particularly like it when the children acted. Also the decor is very well done and the music is live. The show lasts almost three hours and you will definitely enjoy it!.
The Teatro de Montparnasse is one of the many movies and theaters in Gaite Street, it usually shows French comics. More than the performances they represent, I like this place for its coffee, and it's young and relaxed atmosphere. The beer is quite cheap, 5 euros a pint. In short, a very good place.
Theatre Edouard VII is one of the most beautiful theaters in the capital and is at the bottom of a pedestrian street in the plaza of the same name, the theater has been open nearly two centuries. English King Edward VII ordered its construction in 1913, first it was a movie theater, then a theater. Sarah Bernhardt, Orson Welles and many other celebrities marked their history here. The theater reopened in 2008 with beautiful old room decor and now displays modern and contemporary works. There's a cafe called Guitry, after the artist Sasha Guitry. With 50s decor it serves good classic French food from the market, which changes almost weekly. Starters are 10-15 euros, main courses around 25 euros and desserts 12 euros. Good presentation and tasty food.
This concert hall was built in 1869 by architect Cusin, on an initiative of Larochelle. The main facade decoration was entrusted to a young, little known then, Auguste Rodin (later well-known for his 'the thinker' and several other works), and there are art students in the district. The two sculptures represent Drama and Comedy, allegories, of a man and a woman. When the theater opened, it was in the Italian style, and had 800 seats, ready to offer great popular shows such as "Around the World in 80 days". Before it offered musical theater, film and documentaries. Renovated in 1993 and has been open since 1934.
La Grande Comédie is a theater located in the Rue de Clichy, north of Paris. They mostly preform famous French works of comedy in small groups or solos. As it is a small room it's easier to understand French if you are just learning, because it sounds clearer and you're closer to the actors. They are contemporary works and for the most part are easy to understand. There are two rooms, one holds 400 people and the other 100 people. There are cheaper tickets for students and sometimes if you arrive shortly before and not very crowded you can get them at a low price. There are several places to eat around the theatre after the show.
For kitsch lovers, I recommend you go to Paris: it's a place made for them! A room with ornate decoration, actors in Italian comedies every day. Don't be afraid of ridicule, once you pass, you can enjoy the moment. I really love this place!
La Gaite Lyrique is Paris’ first and only digital culture center spread out over a total of seven floors (the top two are private) including three performance halls, exhibition spaces, a shop, an internet-cafe and gaming area, and two cafes, one located in a gorgeous historic salon. The building itself is actually an 18th century theater hall which, after years of destruction, sacking, and re-purposing, has an interesting blend of super-modern architecture and elegant facades and halls which hearken back to the Belle Epoque.
If you’re going to be in the city for more than a few days, make sure to check out La Gaite Lyrique’s program schedule online; they have a regular schedule of exhibits, concerts, talks, and events which make for a good excuse to come and explore the space for an afternoon. One of the more interesting parts of La Gaite Lyrique is the resource center in the back…think of it as a traditional library updated for the 21st century. In addition to books and newspapers, you also have gaming stations, recommended blogs, new music, and tons of resources dedicated to modern urban and online culture.
Even if you don’t coincide with a special event or exhibit, it’s a really interesting place to explore and enjoy a coffee in the 18th century salon on the fourth floor.