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The wings of the Lyon National Opera

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The wings of the Lyon National Opera

From the top of the pediment of the Opera revisited by Jean Nouvel, eight muses are watching you ... but where's the ninth?

The visit of the Lyon Opera is a spectacle in itself.

Today’s opera house stands on the site of an 18th century theatre, imagined by Soufflot and rebuilt in the 19th century by Chenavard and Pollet.
A century later, the Lyon National Opera, renovated by Jean Nouvel, was inaugurated in 1993.
This is your opportunity to discover the extent of the project of the French architect who renovated the 18th century Opera house, preserving its neo-classical façade by surmounting it with an imposing glass dome.
This tour is for entertainment enthusiasts, curious to see what's behind the curtain ... But not only ... It will also attract fans of contemporary theater architecture too.
Indeed, this unique discovery backstage at the Opera de Lyon also offers the opportunity to reveal some of the work of Jean Nouvel.

The opera house reveals its 18 partly buried levels: public spaces, scenic or rehearsal studio.

An architectural feat in service of Art!

Tour provided by ONLYLYON Tourisme et Congrès's tour guides

Worth knowing

  • Please  ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences.
  • Booking is necessary.
  • Cancellation free of charge 72 hours before schedule activity.
  • Children and minors remain under the responsibility of their parents during this visit. The participation of an adult is mandatory for each reservation.
  • Caution: The Opera house has many stairs (including 14 levels without lift, or 325 steps).
  • For safety reasons, children under 5 years old are not allowed on this tour

The guides

Delphine Delphine

Hej, hallo, hello, bonjour I'm Delphine, one of the twenty or so lecturing guides that work for the Guides' Bureau.Our service is incredibly rich: we all have our own profiles, our own interests, our own areas of study and our own favourite type of public.

And we all have one thing in common: LYON

What I love is the variety of its districts and their architecture, the wealth and diversity of its history and the Men who built it, the beauty of its monuments, particularly the light reflected from the façades that border the Saône early in the morning or at the end of the day; it's a trip in itself!

So after language studies which took me to live in Denmark and Germany, I returned to Lyon to work as a guide to lift the veil on "Myrelingues la Brumeuse"* and to share my enthusiasm with you who have come here to discover it or immerse yourself in it. (*title of a book by Claude le Marguet, set in 1536 in Lyon)

Paa gensyn, bis bald, see you soon, à bientôt !

Laurence Laurence

All I need is a sturdy pair of shoes and a good hat, and I'm ready to take you on a "voyage through our city" I'll be delighted to take you on a discovery tour of our "landmark" sights as well as my own favourites.

In other words, I'd like to help you gain insight into the soul of our city! And on the way, I'll tell you all about the history and art of our UNESCO-listed capital.

Jérôme Jérôme

During tours, people often ask me if I'm a student. I'm too old for that. I'm a historian without the qualifications. I'm an architect without the diploma. But I was born in Lyon, and I enjoy helping members of the public discover this city which is a lot more than just a row of lovely façades.

You have to get a feel for the substance of the past, the depth of roots, the art of construction, the relation with light, the appeal of good food, one's relationship with a site, and the diversity of the different areas.

What you see counts of course, but as far as I'm concerned, a tour is only successful when people have had a good time, when I've managed, throughout the tour, to take them behind the scenes, to give them a sense of how people lived in those days and how we live in the city today.

I'm often delighted to hear people say they want to come back and spend more time here.

Anneliese Anneliese

Lyon has been my city of adoption for several decades now, so as a polyglot with a lovely Austrian accent to boot and a passion for Lyon, I'm here to take you on a discovery tour of the city and its surrounding areas.

I'll be delighted to guide you through this great city, from Roman times to the 21st century!

Véronique Véronique

When seeking to share Lyon's heritage with people, I like to broach the question from the viewpoint of technical skills and know-how, and even economy, whether it's architecture and town planning, or vineyards and gastronomy.

As low as €15.00

This visit is included in the Lyon City Card!

The essential tourist and cultural pass to make the most of your stay in Lyon!


& practical information



1h30 visit



Guided tour on foot





Children under 8



Meeting place

In front of the Lyon NationaI Opera, Place de la Comédie - Lyon 1st



Metro A or C > Hôtel de Ville

Customer reviews Ils ont fait cette visite
3 Review(s)

Good experience though

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I took a guided tour for Opera House in English. It was a good opportunity to view inside the opera house and got to know about the architecture and how space is used along with the history. It was unfortunate that there were rehearsals / audition going on and we could not enter the glass top extension / basement space. But also it was good to see how the space is actually used and see how the acoustic is controlled. Overall, it was good to join the tour.

Very rich and lively

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Great visit backstage of the Opéra. Delphine was very nice and shared a lot with us. I recommend this visit, which I took for the second time :)

Great tour!

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A fascinating look at the history and design behind one of Alton’s most prominent buildings. Merci!

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