Opera House, Nice
On this place, the old theatre of nice used to be. It however burned down to the ground in 1881 after the Nicoise people decided to erect an Opera house. It was built incredably fast and was finished in 1885 in the typical empiric style that was quiet popular then and can be found in several opera houses throughout the world.
This magnificent building, dating from 1885, is easy to spot from the sea promenade. On the opposide side of the Opera house is the Old Town. Opera season is from November to April, check the website below.
We booked a box at the Opera House for a Christmas Day performance of The Nutcracker Ballet in September and were delighted when the experience turned out to be as good as anticipated.
We walked into the booking office in September and just inside is a model of the auditorium and tiers of boxes which vary in size the cost was 105 euros for the three of us and well worth the price.
I am not a ballet or opera fan but thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the privacy afforded by the box.
Tickets can be booked by post and apart from the individual seats, the boxes hold from 3 to 6 persons.
The Web site is extensive and informative with seating plan available.
My review would not be complete without a complaint. The web site should be in English, after all a cultural weekend in Nice for two with a visit to the Opera and trips to the art galleries can cost as little as £400 including meals, flights and hotel.
Today's Opera House was built on the site of the former municipal theatre, destroyed by fire in 1881. Inaugurated in 1885, it is a typical example of Second Empire architecture. I didn't get to go inside, it was closed.
The Nice Opera is one of the central cultural fixtures in the city. It puts on seven operas a year and fifteen concertos. The building is one of the most spectacular in the city
The Nice Opera house seems much smaller than the Paris one and I'm sure it is. Unfortunately, I was there on a holiday so had to be content with just seeing it from the outside.