In 1983, Carlos Ott's design was choosen amongst 750 other contestants for
the design of a new opera house, which would be situated in the district of
La Bastille. His design was characterised by its respect for the
characteristics of the district, an inviting sight for the public
by it's glass façade and the use of identical
materials inside and outside. The Opera Bastille was designed to
make new concepts in scenery and stage decor fit together (the
three-dimensional sets that complete or replace the tromple-l'oeil
of the baroque and romantic period) and for a new public.
The Bastille opera house was opened by President François Mitterrand on 13 July 1989.
Opéra National de Paris
120, Rue de Lyon
75 576 Paris Cedex 12, France
Tel: +33 (1) 44 73 13 99