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  • 01.10.2019
  • Mircea Cantor
  • Taille Douce
  • 130 x 85mm
  • €2.60
About Opera National of Paris 350 years

"The year 2019 marks a double anniversary for the Opéra national de Paris: the 350 years of the institution and the 30 years of the Opéra Bastille.

On June 28, 1669, King Louis XIV signed in Saint-Germain-en-Laye the letters patent authorizing the poet Pierre Perrin to establish an opera academy to offer the public representations in music and French, which would become a few years later, in 1672, the Royal Academy of Music.

By this act, the King wanted to contribute to his personal and public entertainment, to welcome artists from all countries to transmit the taste of theater, dance and music. Louis XIV thus bequeathed to France an exceptional institution which laid the foundations of French opera. First installed room of the Jeu de Paule de la Bouteille, the Opera was to occupy several rooms throughout the centuries, until the one designed by Charles Garnier and inaugurated in 1875: the Palais Garnier, Place de l'Opera.

On July 13, 1989, for the bicentennial of the French Revolution, in the heart of the Bastille district, President François Mitterrand inaugurated the second desired theater for the Paris Opera, "a house open to all audiences", an "Opera popular as it was then nicknamed. Whatever the location of the 2,700 spectators, the visibility and the quality of listening are optimal. The theater, designed by Carlos Ott, has a gigantic backstage space and an imposing technical device that makes it one of the most powerful working tools in the world of opera.

Today, the Opéra national de Paris is the repository of a wide heritage: music, ballet, singing and arts and crafts to serve as the show's factory.

Its mission is to bring this heritage to life while questioning it in order to create a dialogue conducive to creation. The 3rd Stage, digital creation platform inaugurated in 2015, is one of the illustrations of the energy implemented to anchor the Paris Opera in the present and extend its influence.

The year 2019 marks a double anniversary for the Opéra national de Paris: the 350 years of the institution and the 30 years of the Opéra Bastille.

On June 28, 1669, King Louis XIV signed in Saint-Germain-en-Laye the letters patent authorizing the poet Pierre Perrin to establish an opera academy to offer the public representations in music and French, which would become a few years later, in 1672, the Royal Academy of Music.

By this act, the King wanted to contribute to his personal and public entertainment, to welcome artists from all countries to transmit the taste of theater, dance and music. Louis XIV thus bequeathed to France an exceptional institution which laid the foundations of French opera. First installed room of the Jeu de Paule de la Bouteille, the Opera was to occupy several rooms throughout the centuries, until the one designed by Charles Garnier and inaugurated in 1875: the Palais Garnier, Place de l'Opera.

On July 13, 1989, for the bicentenary of the French Revolution, in the heart of the Bastille district, President François Mitterrand inaugurated the second desired theater for the Paris Opera, "a house open to all audiences", an "Opera popular as it was then nicknamed. Whatever the location of the 2,700 spectators, the visibility and the quality of listening are optimal. The theater, designed by Carlos Ott, has a gigantic backstage space and an imposing technical device that makes it one of the most powerful working tools in the world of opera.

Today, the Opéra national de Paris is the repository of a wide heritage: music, ballet, singing and arts and crafts to serve as the show's factory.

Its mission is to bring this heritage to life while questioning it in order to create a dialogue conducive to creation. The 3rd Stage, digital creation platform inaugurated in 2015, is one of the illustrations of the energy implemented to anchor the Paris Opera in the present and extend its influence.