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

Carmen, opera by Bizet

Show - opera
from 07 March 2017 to 16 July 2017
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille - Place de la Bastille, Paris

Bizet's famous opera returns to the Opéra Bastille with a contemporary mise en scène.


Classical music
from 19 April 2017 to 16 July 2017
Théâtre Montparnasse et Petit Montparnasse - 31 rue de la Gaîté, Paris

Five opera singers and a string quartet revisit the most well-known operas.

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' at the Opéra Bastille until 27 June 2017

Festival de Paris

Classical music
from 09 June 2017 to 29 June 2017
Tout Paris - ., Paris

Classical music at public places in Paris

La Cenerentola, opera by Gioacchino Rossini

Show - opera
from 10 June 2017 to 13 July 2017
Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier - Place de l'Opéra, Paris

The great comic opera inspired by Cinderella and staged by Guillaume Gallienne.

Musical Sundays at the Madeleine

Festival | Classical music
from 11 June 2017 to 27 August 2017
Église de la Madeleine - Place de la Madeleine, Paris

Classical concerts, with voluntary contribution to costs, all summer long.

Open Air Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Festival | Show - opera
from 16 June 2017 to 09 September 2017
Paris et Ile-de-France - ., Paris

Every summer, a well-known director puts on a great opera from the classical repertoire.


Classical music
from 16 June 2017 to 18 June 2017
Philharmonie de Paris - 221 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris

Video games and symphonic music

The Hélios orchestra plays Beethoven and Mozart

Classical music
from 17 June 2017 to 17 June 2017
Église de la Madeleine - Place de la Madeleine, Paris

A single concert of Symphony n°6 by Beethoven and the Mass in C by Mozart with 200 choristers.

Opéra Côté Cour festival

Festival | Show - opera
June to September 2017
Bercy Village - Cour Saint-Émilion, Paris

Completely free and outdoors, the event presents opera in the form of short performances.