Founded more than three centuries ago by Louis XIV, Opéra national de Paris is one of the world's greatest opera and ballet companies. Under the new directorship of Alexander Neef, the company holds performances in two theatres, the 2000-seat Palais Garnier (1875) and the 2700-seat L'Opéra Bastille (1989) and remains commited to preserving and developing our operatic and ballet heritage, holding more than 350 performances per year. Great composers such as Rameau, Gluck, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Gounod, Massenet, Poulenc and Messiaen all gave the first performances of their works here. The current musical director is eminent conductor Philippe Jordan.
The birthplace of classical dance, the Paris Opera Ballet stages some 180 performances per season in Paris, the French regions and abroad. Over the years it has played host to many of the world’s greatest choreographers: George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Rudolf Nureyev, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, and of course Pina Bausch. Former Étoile Aurélie Dupont is the current Director of Dance.
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