A supportive opera house
The Opéra Comique’s teams are leading numerous projects to accommodate diverse audiences, reach the youngest, make the performances fully accessible to everyone and reduce the productions’ environmental footprint.
This commitment was hailed by the AFNOR in 2018 when the Opéra Comique was awarded the double label “Diversity” and “Vocational equality between women and men”. In 2020, a new double award conﬁrmed the AFNOR’s support of the actions taken by the Opéra Comique regarding its staff (recruitment, remuneration and training) and its audiences (openness, accessibility, social and cultural actions).
An open and inclusive opera house
Truly accessible performances
In order to enable everyone to come to the opera house, the Opéra Comique has developed an accessibility scheme throughout all its activities, as well as pricing policies, for young audiences, families and social welfare beneficiaries. 15% of the audience benefit from this scheme.
Offers dedicated to people suffering from disabilities :
- 50% off for people suffering from disabilities and an accompanying person
- Sign singing concerts for deaf and hearing-impaired visitors
- Performances with audio description and image whisperers
- Magnetic loops available every evening
- Braille and large prints programmes
- Lip reading tours and tactile tours
- Inclusive Relax sessions
For more information visit our Accessibility page.
Numerous tracks and schemes are offered to sociocultural groups and associations.
In addition to special rates, numerous tracks and schemes are made available to sociocultural groups and associations from Paris and its region. The Opéra Comique aims at facilitating the visits of school audiences as well as that of welfare beneficiaries.
Discover our page dedicated to associations and school groups.
The Opéra Comique is setting up off-site projects, which open up to their audiences and are developed with them:
- Roadshows in REP and REP+1 schools of the Paris region: Petite balade aux enfers, Don Quichotte, j’étoilerai le vent qui passe
- Petite balade enchantée: a 3-year collaboration between Valérie Lesort and Poissy’s inhabitants, which was performed Salle Favart in July 2021 before Poissy’ staff and residents! The scheme was implemented under the “Out of the box” convention, and initiated by the Préfecture de Région d’Île-de-France, with the support of the Ministry of Culture as part of the ‘Cultural and learning summer’ campaign.
Growing-up on stage
The Maîtrise Populaire
Project of artistic excellence with a strong educational and social dimension, the Maîtrise Populaire trains young people aged 8 to 25 to the multidisciplinary practices of Performing Arts. The scheme, in association with 4 Parisian educational institutions, supports the students throughout their education (Year5 / 4th grade to university) via adjusted joint courses.The Maîtrise Populaire is a lever of social integration, which tackles early school dropouts and promotes assertiveness.
- 60% of the pupils from REP et REP+7 schools
- 115 pupils aged 8 to 25
- Creation of a third cycle at the Maîtrise Populaire for those who wish to pursue
- enhanced training
- 300 to 500 year 6 / 5th grade pupils from REP et REP+ are introduced to the Maîtrise’s methodology every year
Malvina and Denise Menda scholarships
Thanks to funds from a generous bequest, the Opéra Comique and the Fondation de France have been awarding 9,500€ scholarships to five talented young vocal soloists every year since 2020. The scheme will go on for about fifteen years
The Opéra Comique is striving to develop a lyrical theatre economy which would take solidarity, social inclusion and environmental challenges into account, without sacrificing artistic ambition.Performing Arts’ carbon footprint cannot be ignored and must be addressed in developing a coproduction model. Coproducing with other institutions builds new rapports, increases the number of performances and enables a long-term return on investment.
Actions taken for the environment :
- Carbon footprint audit of the opera house and shows
- Action plan implementation
- Creation of an eco-friendly charter
- Production policies favouring the recycling of the decors and costumes
- Natural dyes favoured in the costume design studio
- Annual seminar « Nature isn’t just a decor anymore - Lyrical art faced with climate
- challenges» in June 2021, for 3 years
- Eco-friendly clauses adopted by the opera house’ suppliers
Key players have addressed the issue of “lyrical art faced with climate challenges” during the seminars organised by the Opéra Comique in collaboration with the Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis and the Institut Universitaire de France.
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Going to the opera with children is possible
With open doors and a festival dedicated to kids and families, people with children have many opportunities to come to the Opéra Comique and enjoy the shows. Moreover, with the Carte Mainate, you can beneﬁt from many advantages, including a 50% discount for children under 18.
For more information visit our page dedicated to families.