Classical music and opera

Our selection of classical music concerts, operas and works by contemporary composers to enjoy in legendary venues: the Opéra Bastille, the Palais Garnier and the Philharmonie de Paris.

Autumn is music season in Paris. Concert halls and opera houses feature a wide-ranging programme of new productions in September. Deciding what to attend is always a hard task. Classical music fans can choose this autumn from among performances by the most reputed orchestra (Staatskapelle Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Saint-Petersbourg, London Philharmonie Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker) , the finest soloists (Martha Argerich, Sumi Jo, Lang Lang, Anne Sofie Otter, Hélène Grimaud...) or the legendary conductors (Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Barenboïm, Yuri Temirkanov...).

The city boasts a good number of concert halls with flawless acoustics so you can revel in this great music: the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Théâtre du Châtelet, and the Philharmonie de Paris.

Philharmonie de Paris - Gala, concert | 630x405 | © William Beaucardet

Opera in Paris

An integral part of the classical music calendar is the programme at the Opéra de Paris (Tosca de Giacomo Puccini, Eliogabalo de Francesco Cavalli, Samson et Dalila, de Camille Saint-Saëns, Lucia du Lammermoor de Gaetano Donizetti, Iphigénie en Tauride de CW Gluck, Les contes d'Hoffmann de Jacques Offenbach...), a bastion of French culture with two legendary venues, the Opéra Bastille and the Palais Garnier, and a top-flight opera repertoire. It is a highlight of the cultural scene in Paris and opera lovers can expect some very fine performances.

L'Opéra Garnier, Paris © OTCP - Claire Pignol

Rigoletto, opera by Giuseppe Verdi

Show - opera
from 27 May 2017 to 27 June 2017
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille - Place de la Bastille, Paris

Verdi's famous opera 'Rigoletto' takes place at the Opéra Bastille until 27 June 2017

Festival Chopin in Paris

Festival | Classical music
Mid-July - mid-August 2017
Parc de Bagatelle - Route de Sèvres à Neuilly, Paris

Many concerts and conferences which reunite the great specialists of the work of Chopin, the Romantic pianist

Festival Classique au vert

Festival | Classical music
August - September 2017
Parc Floral de Paris - Jardin botanique de la Ville de Paris - Esplanade du château de Vincennes - Route de la Pyramide, Paris

This festival was founded by the Mairie de Paris with the aim of combining the pleasures of classical music and the delights of na...