(from France 24, 10/3.)

The Paris Opéra has this year extended its programme offering heavily discounted seats to young people, enabling many of them to attend a performance of opera or dance for the first time.

The opera is most commonly associated with greying audiences in fur stoles and business suits, but the crowd filling the seats at the Opéra Bastille’s staging of Samson and Dalila on Saturday night had a much more youthful vibe.

The event was one of 13 preview performances of ballet and opera that are being opened this season exclusively to audiences under the age of 28 for just 10 euros a seat. Tickets go on sale about a month before each performance (the calendar is on their website), but would-be culture consumers must act quickly, as the house sells out in under 20 minutes.

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