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Exhibition - Degas at the Opera

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Until 12/31/2020


Housed in a former train station, the collections of the Musée d’Orsay are among the best …

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Housed in a former train station, the collections of the Musée d’Orsay are among the best known. They present all of the art work produced between 1848 and 1914, a decisive period in the history of art during which the masterpieces of the Impressionist movement were painted.

You will be able to admire the work of great artists, such as: Manet, Degas, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Courbet, and the work of the sculptors, Carpeaux, Rodin and Maillol.

The ticket for temporary exhibitions and permanent collections to the musée d’Orsay is included in the Paris Region Pass - Experience.

Degas at the Opera

24 September - 19 January 2020

When you think of Edgar Degas, his paintings, pastels and sculptures of female dancers inevitably spring to mind. And yet, although he was undeniably fascinated by this feminine grace, what truly intrigued him was opera in its entirety; the perfect marriage of music and dance. The painter considered this place as “his own room”, and from the 1860s until his death in 1917, he tirelessly painted not only its ballerinas in training, singers and orchestra musicians, but also their admirers of all kinds, the gentlemen in black attire and elegant ladies in evening dresses.

This Impressionist painter shone a keen, modern spotlight on all aspects of the opera – from the auditorium to the stage, from the dressing rooms to the foyer, via the rehearsal rooms along the way. He engaged in all manner of artistic experiments, using his magnificent toolbox of skills to perfect his mastery of bird’s-eye views, lighting contrasts and movement studies, to name but a few … all in pursuit of the perfect depiction.

Not just an exhibition and an event, but also a wonderful tribute to the Paris Opera!

Practical information

How to get there

  • Admission only via door C. Visitors may have to wait at the security checkpoint.

Opening times

  • Open from 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  • Open from 9.30 a.m. to 9.45 p.m. on Thursday (visitors are asked to vacate the building at 5.15 p.m., 9.15 p.m. on Thursday)

  • Closed on Mondays, 1 May and 25 December.

Tickets and prices

  • The ticket must be used within three months of the date of purchase.

  • This ticket permits admission to the permanent collections and to the exhibitions subject to the availability of places.

  • Free admission (proof of entitlement required): those under the age of 18, EU nationals aged 18 - 25, history of art students, Pass Education cardholders, the disabled (with one carer) and job seekers.

  • Admission to the museum is free of charge for everyone on the first Sunday of every month.


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