Opened: 1989

Seating capacity: 2700

Principal patron: France's then-President Mitterand

The gigantic structure of this steel and glass opera house permits it to produce the larger-scale operas in the repertoire. The house itself is 30 stories tall with 10 of the stories below ground. With 47 km of corridors available in the house, decors of multiple operas can be maintained simultaneously and moved to various ones of the dozen off-stage theater areas. The very latest in technological equipment will soon link this house to the Garnier opera for split-secon communications. The interior reflect the technological focus with exposed air-ducts.

The house is built on the site of the former prison, the Bastille. The fall of that fortress in July, 1789, drove the beginning of the French Revolution. A monument to that event, the July Column, stands in the plaza outside of the opera house.

Repeatedly criticized as lacking in esthetic beauty, the opera house was designed to appeal to everyone, not just the dedicated opera-goers. The dress is casual; the house is usually sold out; and the tickets range from $9 to $110 USD.