The 1,600-seat Palais Garnier opera house has been bringing classical music and dance to the heart of Paris since 1875. The grand building designed by Charles Garnier in the Neo-Baroque style is seen as one of the architectural masterpieces of its time.
Housed in the Pavillon de l’Empereur, the Library-Museum (part of the National Library of France’s Music Department) has in its vast collections books and scores dating back to the founding of the Royal Academy of Music by Louis XIV in 1669.
Opera Bastille is the creation of Canadian-Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, the winner of an international design competition in November 1983 that attracted 1,700 entrants. With its 4,700 seats, all of which have an unrestricted view of the stage, excellent acoustics and unique backstage facilities, Opera Bastille is a shining example of modernity.