Where to Hear Classical Music in Bordeaux

Classical music orchestra
Classical music orchestra | © 4997826 / Pixabay
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19 May 2018

Classical music lovers will be delighted during their stay in Bordeaux. Indeed, the city is known for its beautiful venues and rich curriculum of renowned and talented artists that visit the city year-round to perform in beautiful and unusual venues. The following is a selection of outstanding places to hear classical music in Bordeaux.

Grand Théâtre—Opéra National de Bordeaux

Facing the Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux and main building of the Opéra National de Bordeaux, the Grand Théâtre‘s astonishing Neoclassical beauty and its portico of 12 Corinthian colossal columns will surely impress. Originally conceived in 1780 as a temple of the Arts and Light, the Opéra is still an essential pillar of Bordeaux’s cultural life. With a permanent staff of 120 musicians (including the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine), 38 dancers, 40 singers in the choir and an impressive acoustic sound, the Grand Théâtre’s impressive and diverse list of performances each year makes it one of the most sought-after places to be in town.

Bordeaux's Grand Théâtre and its majestic architecture | © Patrick Despoix / WikiCommons

The Auditorium at the Opéra National de Bordeaux

Inaugurated in 2013, the Auditorium is the other main concert hall of the Opéra National de Bordeaux and is located in the historical centre of Bordeaux on the Cours Clémenceau, a few steps away from the Place Gambetta. Its two concert halls, the Dutilleux and Sauguet, have a capacity of 1,440 and 300 seats. This is the perfect place for a relaxed musical evening for those who are into classical music, jazz or world music.

Symphony orchestra | © takazart / Pixabay

Cathédrale Saint-André

Churches are great places to listen to classical music due to their exceptional acoustic sound. The Cathédrale Saint-André, apart from being one of the most visited attractions in Bordeaux, has gospel singers, choirs and many renowned artists frequently coming from all over the world to perform. If you’re visiting Bordeaux this fall, don’t miss the Saison de la Musique Sacrée, dedicated to sacred music and organised by the Cathedra association.

Inside the Cathédrale Saint-André | © Marc Ryckaert / WikiCommons

Basilique Saint-Michel

Overlooking the neighbourhood market, the Basilique Saint-Michel is an emblematic place for classical music in Bordeaux. Its well-preserved grand organs (the first organ was placed in 1510) make the basilica one of France’s national historical monuments. In summer, one-hour concerts are scheduled every Thursday at the basilica.

Orgues d’Été Festival

All summer long, the city of Bordeaux partners with the Renaissance de l’Orgue à Bordeaux to organise the Orgues d’Été Festival. Come and listen to sensational artists play classics from Bach, César Franck, Bizet and many other exceptional musicians.

Buffet grand orgue ensemble | © Orgues Cathédrale Nancy / WikiCommons

Les Grands Crus Musicaux Festival

The 16th edition of Les Grands Crus Musicaux Festival will delight wine and classical music lovers. From July 7 to July 26, in some of the most outstanding and prestigious castles in the vineyards of Bordeaux, join this fantastic event and enjoy some incredible classical music while tasting amazing wines.

Bordeaux Wine Festival | © bradleypjohnson / WikiCommons

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