European Heritage Days 2020 at Paris Théâtre National de l’Opéra Comique

Published by Laurent P. · Published on 8 September 2020 at 22h11 · Updated on 14 September 2020 at 22h01
Comedies and operas lovers are expected at the Théâtre national de l’Opéra Comique for the 37th European Heritage Days held on September 19 and 20, 2020. On the menu, free and guided tours backstage only on Saturday!

Paris Opéra Comique as you have never seen it before… This is what the cultural venue in Paris 2nd arrondissement offers you for the 37thedition of European Heritage Days, on Saturday September 19, 2020. A theater offering this year tours for the whole family backstage to know all the story behind this institution.

The Opéra Comique was created under the reign of Louis XVI, in 1714 by Catherine Baron – who was the first director – and Gautier de Saint-Edme, two members of a carny company rejected by the Comédie-Française and the Académie Royale de Musique (current Opéra Garnier). A company that did more into pantomime and opera parody. It is in 1714 too that the company is authorized to have its own theater, but on the condition that spoken dialogs should be inserted between songs. Today, the authorized repertoire got bigger and extended to baroque music and contemporary music.

European Heritage Days are the occasion to learn more about the story of the institution that cast shadow at the Comédie-Française. Guided tours at 10 a.m. are provided to visitors including a tour backstage and the costume studios. Also note that family workshops in partnership with Little Io, as well as a "verticaltour of the place to discover the story via the elements on the façade are provided! Careful though, the number of participants have been lowered because of coronavirus, and online booking is mandatory to come to the theater. Booking is open on the Opéra Comique website starting September 10. Let us book our Saturday, friends, shall we?

European Heritage Days 2020 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:

And to get your bearings more easily, we've made you some themed guides:

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
On 19 September 2020
Starts at 10 a.m.



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