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  1. Opéra Bastille 2011
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  • 1. Opéra Bastille 2011 - Paris
      1. Opéra Bastille 2011
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  • 2. Ticket machines for standing room - Paris
      2. Ticket machines for standing room
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  • 3. View from standing room - Paris
      3. View from standing room
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  • 4. Looking down into the auditorium - Paris
      4. Looking down into the auditorium
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  • 5. View from the top floor of Opéra Bastille - Paris
      5. View from the top floor of Opéra Bastille
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In September 2011 I paid all of five Euros and got the next-to-last standing room ticket for the premiere of the opera Salomé by Richard Strauss (1864-1949). This was the first performance of the 2011-2012 opera season.

The standing room tickets are not sold in advance, but go on sale an hour and a half before show time. I arrived twenty minutes before that, and there were already two or three dozen people waiting in line at the door labeled places debout – which literally means “places upright”. When they finally let us in we had to wait again until one of the two vending machines (second photo) was free. A distinguished-looking gentleman in an usher’s uniform organized this and also helped people operate the machines, which were a bit finicky.

The easiest and quickest way to coax a ticket out of one of the machines is to have five Euros in coins, which I didn’t have, so I had to use my bank card. The machines do not accept bank notes (not even five-euro notes) and do not give change.

There is one row of standing room on each side wall of the auditorium (third photo). I could see only about half the stage from there, but the acoustics were excellent. The house was nearly full, but not quite, so some of the people with standing room tickets managed to find seats that were not occupied.

Since Salomé is a relatively short opera it didn’t bother me to stand the whole time. It was a fine performance, with Angela Denoke in the title role. They sang the opera in the original German, not in the French version that I had seen in Liège, Belgium, three months before.

Second photo: The two ticket vending machines for standing room.

Third photo: Looking across from one row of standing room to the other.

Fourth photo: Looking down from standing room at the other (more expensive) seating categories.

Fifth photo: View from the top floor of the Opéra Bastille, with the Panthéon, Tour Montparnasse, Notre-Dame and the Eiffel Tower.

Next review from September 2011: Louis XIII at the Place des Vosges

Address: Opéra Bastille, 120 rue de Lyon, 75012 Paris
Directions: Vélib' 12001, 4007 or 11001
48°51'6.34" North; 2°22'12.24" East.
Métro: Bastille

Phone: 01 43 44 71 74
Website: http://www.operadeparis.fr/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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