Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux

Bordeaux, France

The Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux is an opera house first inaugurated on 17 April 1780. It was in this theatre that the ballet La fille mal gardée premiered in 1789, and where a young Marius Petipa staged some of his first ballets.

The theatre was designed by the architect Victor Louis (1731–1800). Louis later designed the galleries surrounding, the gardens of the Palais Royal, and the Théâtre Français in Paris.

The Grand Theatre of Bordeaux was conceived as a temple of the Arts and Light, with a neo-classical facade. It has a portico of 12 Corinthian style colossal columns which support an entablature on which stand 12 statues that represent the nine Muses and three goddesses (Juno, Venus and Minerva). Pierre-François Berruer made four of the statues, and his assistant Van den Drix carved the others from Berruer's models.

The interior grand staircase served as a model for the grand staircase of the Opéra Garnier in Paris.

On the ceiling of the auditorium, there is a large fresco painted by Jean-Baptiste-Claude Robin. It pays homage to the Arts, to the artisans that built the building, and to the city of Bordeaux. The late scene shows a woman, allegory of Bordeaux, protected by Hermes and Athena, and in the foreground, three wealth of the city : the wine, the sea trade and the slave.

The inside of the theatre was restored in 1991, and once again has its original colours of blue and gold. The Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux is one of the oldest wooden frame opera houses in Europe not to have burnt or required rebuilding.

Today, the theatre is home to the Opéra National de Bordeaux, as well as the Ballet National de Bordeaux which has many international dancers.


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    Ger Nugent (4 months ago)
    Beautifully relaxing spot, with all you could want near by
    Steve G (4 months ago)
    Worth a look if you have the Citycard .. it's included in the price. Some costumes and temporary exhibition, plus the theatre area itself.
    Vishaka Basnayake (4 months ago)
    the center of bordeaux where people gather to enjoy a coffee and go on shopping
    Minh DINH (5 months ago)
    I went here for the exposition in July 2021. Both the expo and the theater were nice, but nothing extremely extraordinary either.
    Julie Mougey (15 months ago)
    A very beautiful place to visit !
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