Must-see operas this season in Paris

Some must-visit Paris venues regularly stage the greatest operas, and classical music’s best-loved works

The autumn cultural calendar would be incomplete without music. The city’s classical music and opera venues offer particularly rich and varied programming from September onwards.

Opera in Paris

Elixir d'amour

This year, Christoph Willibald Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride will enchant audiences at the legendary Opéra Garnier (from 14 September to 2 October 2021) in a production with unique staging by Krzysztof Warlikowski. The Greek tragedy has been transposed to the realms of a retirement home whose principal resident is haunted by her past. Also at the Palais Garnier, Marina Abramović presents 7 Deaths of Maria Callasan original contemporary work at the crossroads of opera, performance art and video creation (from 1 to 4 September 2021).

At the Opéra Bastille, audiences will be caught up in the the vegetal, ethereal and aquatic images of Œdipe, the only opera by Romanian composer Georges Enesco (from 20 September to 14 October 2021). Also at the Opéra Bastille, Laurent Pelly presents a highly original staging of the comic opera L’élixir d’amour, set in 1960s Italy (from 28 September to 9 November 2021).

Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio is not often performed in Paris, so don’t miss this opportunity to see it at the Théâtre national de l’Opéra-Comique (sung in German, with French and English overtitles) from 25 September to 3 October 2021. Stage direction by Cyril Teste.

Classic music concerts in Paris

Philharmonie de Paris - Grande Salle © W Beaucardet

It gets harder every year to choose among the concerts on the Paris calendar, as the French capital offers such a plethora of opportunities to enjoy great works of classical music.

The Philharmonie de Paris, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Seine Musicale, the Auditorium du Louvre and the Maison de la Radio, all of them venues with outstanding acoustics, are once again hosting some of the world’s most renowned orchestras this year.

The magnificent Sainte Chapelle with its remarkable stained glass windows often thrills to the sounds of the finest classical music compositions. And the classical music concerts regularly hosted in Paris churches are a feast for the eyes as well as the ears: Église Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, Église de la Madeleine, Église Saint-Ephrem, Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the American Church or the Cathédrale Saint-Louis-des-Invalides.

Festival Marin Marais

Festival | Classical music
from 18 September 2021 to 18 October 2021
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Baroque music revisited

Récital Wagner

Concert | Classical music
from 14 October 2021 to 14 October 2021
La Seine Musicale - Île Seguin, Boulogne-Billancourt

Wagner performed by two talented young people Axelle Fanyo and Tanguy de Williencourt

Gregory Porter

Concert | Classical music
from 21 October 2021 to 21 October 2021
La Seine Musicale - Île Seguin, Boulogne-Billancourt

The famous jazz singer at the Seine Musicale