The Paris Opera, founded in 1669 by King Louis XIV, remains one of the most venerable operatic institutions in the world. It shares its traditional home, the Palais Garnier, with the Paris Ballet, considered one of the world’s finest companies, with an extensive repertoire ranging from the major romantic and classical ballets to creations by contemporary choreographers. The Paris Opera and the Paris Ballet each stage around 180 performances per year, drawing as many as 800,000 visitors. In 2013, a special program of events will mark the 300th anniversary of the illustrious Ecole de Danse Française.
Mrs. Safra and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation have been long-time supporters of the Paris Opera and Ballet.