An Opera in Paris
The 16th-century Eglise St-Merri (pictured, above) offers free classical concerts on weekends.
Curious about how to see an opera in Paris (while still having money left over for fine French food)? Well, so are we. So we checked out EuroCheapo and voila! Here’s what they advise when trying to see all types of shows in the City of Lights:
operates both the Opera Bastille and the Opera Garnier. The Opera Bastille, a controversial building when it opened in 1989, presents operas throughout the year, and boasts that each of its seats provides an unobstructed view of the stage. Although ticket prices go as high as €150, seats for the same performance go as low as €5.”
“Théâtre de la Ville, located across from Theater du Chatelet, provides modern dance performances. Tickets are quite reasonable” (around €12-30).
The celebrated 19th-century Opera Garnier
presents mostly ballet and modern dance pieces. Even if you’re not a dance enthusiast, you can’t help but be impressed by the building’s neo-baroque architecture, sweeping staircase, [1,900-seat] grand salle, and ceiling by Marc Chagall.”
“The Salle Pleyel is a brand new performance hall, offering performances by classical stars and touring orchestras. Tickets can be found for major concerts from €10.”
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located at Place du Chatelet in the 1st arrondissement, offers modern and classical concerts, from recitals to full orchestras. Again, ticket rates are surprising reasonable, starting at €20 [or less] for most concerts. The theater has a Sunday morning concert series with all seats going for €23 (€12 under 26 years old, children free) and no tickets are sold in advance.”
But before buying tickets for anything, be sure to grab a copy of Pariscope, a weekly magazine with heaps of free concerts listings in the city, and check out Traveler‘s rundown of free things to do in Paris.
Photo: Alison Kerr via Flickr