Top 10 Fall 2019 Cultural Events in Paris

(Photo by Richard Nahem)

Paris is a cultural wonderland for the fall 2019 season, with art exhibitions, operas, concerts, theater and ballet. Here are our top 10 picks. 


Francis Bacon: Books and Paintings 

Literature was a prime source of inspiration for British painter Francis Bacon. This new exhibition features 60 paintings (including 12 triptychs and a series of portraits and self-portraits) from important private and public collections.

Until January 20, 2020 
Centre Pompidou

Degas at the Opera

Impressionist painter Edouard Degas had such a fascination with the Paris Opera Garnier that he devoted much of the end of his career to it. Singers, orchestral musicians, audience members and black-attired opera subscribers are some of the subjects he painted for this exhibition. 

January 19 
Musée D’’Orsay

Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World 

Charlotte Perriand changed the architecture and furniture design landscape in the 20th century with her bold, futuristic designs. Marking the 20th anniversary of her death, the exhibition focuses on reconstitutions of her most impactful designs, along with conversations about the role of women and their place in architecture. 

October 2, 2019, to February 24, 2020
Fondation Louis Vuitton


Funny Girl

The beloved musical Funny Girl is having its first run in Paris in time for the holidays. The most-anticipated theater event in Paris this fall, Parisians will be treated to the show's great musical standards, including Don’t Rain on my Parade, I’m the Greatest Star and the indomitable classic People. The show will be performed in English with French subtitles, with a Broadway-style production. 

November 7, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Theatre Marigny


La Traviata

Verdi’s La Traviata, one of the most-performed operas, has received a new – and controversial – production by Australian theater director Simon Stone. It's already receiving rave reviews. 

September 9 to October 16 
Opera Garnier

Madame Butterfly 

The beloved opera Madame Butterfly has received a minimalist treatment from master director Robert Wilson. Giacomo Sangripanti conducts the three-act opera with costumes by Frida Parmeggiani and choreography by Suzushi Hanayagi

Performances until November 13
Opera Bastille


Charlie Chaplin with a Smile 

Not only did Charlie Chaplin direct some of the greatest American films, he also wrote the music for them. The Orchestra of Paris will perform excerpts of his music, along with projections from his films. There’s also a Charlie Chaplin exhibition in the same venue. 

October 9 - 10
Philharmonie de Paris

Ghost of Versailles 

In an appropriate gesture, the first production of The Ghost of Versailles will have its premier in France at the Royal Opera of Versailles. American composer John Corigliano wrote the score for this original opera, an ode to the Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. The historic Royal Opera of Versailles, constructed by order of King Louis XV in 1765, is an exquisite gem of an opera house with only 700 seats, decorated in the opulent Baroque style. 

Performances December 4, 5, 7, 8 
Versailles Opera House

Ballet and Dance 

Weekend of Merce Cunningham 

The iconic American choreographer Merce Cunningham is receiving a posthumous 100th birthday bash in Paris. Theatre de la Ville is devoting an entire weekend to performances of his most popular dance pieces, including Second Hand, with music by John Cage; Solo; Paris Story; and Totem Ancestor

October 5 - 6 
Espace Cardin

Hiroshi Sugimoto & William Forsythe

Choreographer William Forsythe has collaborated with visual artist Hiroshi Sugimoto and sound artist Ryoji Ikeda to produce two original dance pieces, At the Hawk's Well, inspired by William Butler Yeats, and Blake Works, featuring the music of James Blake

October 7, 8, 11, 13, 14 
Opera Garnier

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