Paris Opera Tickets: Persistence Pays


Buying a ticket to the opera never seems easy, especially when it’s the opera performed at Palais Garnier, and especially when it’s Mozart. The moral of this story is ‘Never give up.’
I started at the FNAC bookstore which sells theater and concert tickets (Rue de Rennes). The salesclerk told me that the opera was sold out, ‘but go to the opera house ticket office,’ she advised. We went to the opera house ticket desk. All the signs said Mozart is ‘sold out’. The salesclerk told us yesterday (26th October) to come back today at 10 30 am. We arrived at 11 30 am.

“We did have tickets but most of them are gone – I only have one for 130 Euros for tonight.
We sighed. “And what about Monday night?”
“Well, I have just two,” she said. “For 39 Euros.”

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So, don’t ever believe it when signs say a concert is ‘sold out’. You must persist. If all else fails, go to the concert location about a half hour before the performance begins. There’s always a chance that someone will sell you a ticket at the door. If you choose to go this route, be sure to have cash in small bills on hand so that you will be able to make a quick purchase – I’ve seen some people lose the chance to buy the ticket because they didn’t have the right change.