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Salle du Grand-Théâtre ©Julien Fernandez

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managed by the Opéra National de Bordeaux

THE GRAND THEATRE OF BORDEAUX

The history of the Grand Theatre of Bordeaux, inaugurated on 7 April 1780, has been punctuated by various events over the ages. The building is still considered one of the most beautiful theatres in the world and was the work of renowned architect Victor Louis. In addition to its aesthetic value, the building has exceptional acoustics thanks to the wooden structure surrounding it.

On its façade, the 12 Corinthian columns are crowned by 9 muses and 3 goddesses from ancient mythology gazing into the distance, designed by Pierre Berruer.

Nearly a century after its construction, Charles Garnier drew inspiration from the grand staircase for his design for the one in the Opéra de Paris.

The task of decorating the dome in the theatre was entrusted to Jean-Baptiste Robin. The theme chosen by the artist was “Apollo and the muses approving the dedication of a temple built by the city of Bordeaux”, a three-fold tribute, both allegorical and realistic, to the arts, the craftsmen who built the theatre and the city of Bordeaux.

The current chandelier was installed in 1917. Weighing 1.2 tonnes, it is made of Bohemia crystal and holds an impressive 400 lights.

Some of the most celebrated artists have performed and captivated audiences in this architectural masterpiece in Bordeaux, including Liszt, Cinti-Damoreau, Falcon, Viardot, Talma, Nourrit, Duprez, Rubini, Petipa, Chaliapine, Schipa and, in more recent years, Plácido Domingo, Gustav Leonhardt, Natalie Dessay, Cecilia Bartoli, and Carolyn Carlson.

L'Opéra National de Bordeaux au Grand-Théâtre de Bordeaux

Today, under the direction of Emmanuel Hondré, the Opéra National de Bordeaux manages this stage and offers a large part of its programming there.

The Grand Theatre is also home to the Artistic, Technical, Administration and Finance, and Development and Communication Departments, as well as housing the workshops and guest artists.

HISTORY OF THE GRAND THEATRE

PERFORMANCE 1870-1960

ROUTE OF HISTORIC THEATRES

VISITING THE GRAND THEATRE

The Tourist Office hopes to be able to resume guided tours soon.

VISIT THE GRAND-THÉÂTRE

Information and bookings at Bordeaux Métropole Tourist Office
by calling +33 (0)5 56 00 66 00 or by e-mail

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THE AUDITORIUM OF OPERA NATIONAL DE BORDEAUX

The Auditorium of the Opéra National de Bordeaux is located in the heart of the city's historic centre, and opened its doors on 24 January 2013. With its spectacular structure and acoustics (the work of Belgian acoustics expert Eckhard Kahle), this ideal venue offers a programme that is as prestigious as it is eclectic.

Financed by the City of Bordeaux with the support of the State and Aquitaine Regional Council, and designed by the music-loving architect Michel Pétuaud-Létang, this new temple of music - 1,440 seats and the largest orchestra pit in Europe - offers audiences masterpieces of musical literature and creations, favouring exchanges with musicians and even opening up to jazz.

Since its opening, the Auditorium of the National Opera of Bordeaux has welcomed many prestigious artists, including Lang Lang, Karita Mattila, Jordi Savall, Anne Gastinel.

The Auditorium of the National Opera of Bordeaux hosted the 20th Victoires de la Musique Classique, French classical music awards, in February 2013.

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Concert dans la ville

23/09/2023
Auditorium
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Joseph Swensen by Lukasz Rajchert