Paris Opera opens its doors to elderly for Christmas meal

The Paris Opera house opens its doors to around 100 elderly people who would otherwise be alone at Christmas for a special meal organised by a charity.

Cinderella: A Parisian opera star’s last ballet

After 25 years at the Paris Opera, ballet star Karl Paquette will end his career on 31 December. “Cinderella” will be his last ballet as he prepares to retire age 42.

Back stage, Paris Opera keeps venerable crafts alive

At the Paris Opera it’s said that for the curtain to rise on its stars, the talents of 100 different trades are needed behind the scenes. Thanks to an academy to preserve those specialist crafts, today’s masters are passing those skills on personally to the next generation of costumers, wig-makers, performers and more.