If you just can’t fit an evening or weekend concert into your trip to Europe, consider a lunchtime performance. The Royal Opera House in London and the Opera Bastille in Paris offer weekday concerts that are free to the public.
Royal Opera House, London
The Royal Opera’s free chamber music performances feature members of the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, and the Royal Opera Chorus.
Collect tickets in person at the box office on the morning of the performance. All shows are held at 1 PM in the Crush Room. Upcoming performance dates are as follows:
ROHJAZZ Lunchtime Line-Up
The Royal Opera also has live jazz with the Malcolm Edmonstone Trio, members of the Royal Opera House Orchestra, and local guest artists. Shows begin at 12 PM and are held in Floral Hall. Upcoming performance dates are:
Contact the box office for more information.
Royal Opera House: Bow Street, Covent Garden, 020 7304 4000
Opera Bastille, Paris
Casse-Croûte à L'Opéra (A Snack at the Opera)
The Paris Opera presents chamber music concerts, discussions, and documentaries on Thursdays at 1 PM at the Opera Bastille. Performances feature musicians from the Paris Opera Orchestra as well as internationally recognized artists. While the concert is free, the light lunch, which you can buy at the theater, will only set you back about $9. Concert dates are as follows:
Call the box office for details and for the dates of upcoming lectures and films.Opera Bastille: 120 rue de Lyon, 12th arr., 011-33/1-72-29-35-35