Before leaving Paris this summer, I had the opportunity to peek behind-the-scenes at the Opéra Bastille, guided by Andreea Soare, soprano member of the Opéra National de Paris at L’Atelier Lyrique program since 2011. I was so enthusiastic to discover the backstage facilities, the production stage set and the impressive performance of Aida, in which Andreea had to perform the role of Sacerdotessa.
Verdi’s opera stage set was gilded, and so monumentally grand, featuring glamour ancient vestiges successfully updated to the contemporary age. The gilded tank was an unexpected surprise for me to see, and the imposingly mighty structures on stage were simply breathtaking! The design of the Egyptian costumes was equally impressive, especially since I had the opportunity to see Andreea all dressed-up for the performance.
Leaving behind the dramatically spectacular and original stage set of the performance, I was guided to the main auditorium. Here, the interior design was revealing itself modern and breathtaking with its glass ceiling and blue granite walls. This exciting exposure to the Opéra Bastille’s back stage, the production and performance of Aida has been truly an amazing and inspiring experience. I can’t wait for future opportunities to discover more of this amazing Opera House!