31/05/2018 News

The Bordeaux National Opera, with its Orchestra, its Ballet and its Choir, presents its ambitious season programme.  

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© Julien Fernandez / Opéra National de Bordeaux

Bordeaux, June 4th , 2018 – Volotea, the airline of European mid and small-sized cities, and Bordeaux National Opera have signed an agreement for Volotea to sponsor the 2018/2019 ambitious season.

Volotea sponsors the Bordeaux National Opera for 2018/2019 ambitious season. Volotea will sponsor the programme of performances this season, with an exceptional programme (operas, ballets, symphonic concerts and others) imagined by Marc Minkowski for his third season at the head of the institution, and to be performed by renowned artists and conductors.


Bordeaux is one of the most important bases of Volotea in which the airline has just celebrated its fifth anniversary of operations after carrying close to two million passengers. Volotea hires more than 90 local people in Bordeaux and operates routes to 29 destinations offering more than 730,000 seats in 2018.

The worldwide prestigious Bordeaux National Opera is one of the most renowned cultural institutions in Bordeaux and includes the Bordeaux Aquitaine National Orchestra, the Bordeaux National Opera Ballet and the Bordeaux National Opera Chorus. Located in the heart of the historic centre of the city, the Bordeaux National Opera is a public institution financed by the City of Bordeaux, the French State and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region with approximately 360 employees with the mission of opening up opera, ballet and music to a wider public.

“Volotea is extremely proud to announce today the sponsorship of the season programme of Bordeaux National Opera. After five years based here, with an important number of jobs created locally and a wide offer of attractive and exclusive destinations, it is a great pleasure to support this prestigious cultural symbol of Bordeaux. We are keen to promote the culture among young people and also carry passengers from places like Madrid, Prague, Venice or Sicily to visit one of Bordeaux’s most relevant cultural institutions”, said Carlos Munoz, Founder and CEO of Volotea.

“Volotea has committed to help us make the Opera come alive! We are incredibly proud of this new partnership that will now be helping us to translate our will to reinforce dialogue between culture and the economic world. Their support is essential to our work by helping us create new projects as well as maintaining its artistic quality, all while making the institution shine beyond its walls”, stated Laurence Dessertine, Bordeaux National Opera President.

Volotea connects Bordeaux with twenty-nine routes, twenty of them exclusive: five in France: Ajaccio, Bastia, Figari, Strasbourg and Toulon; six in Italy: Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Pisa, Venice and Cagliari; nine in Spain: Alicante, Fuerteventura, Ibiza, Madrid, Malaga, Menorca, Palma de Majorca, Canarias and Tenerife, two in Croatia: Split and Dubrovnik; two in Greece: Corfú and Santorini; one in Germany: Munich; two in Portugal: Faro and Madeira; one in Czech Republic: Prague; and Malta.


Volotea’s Growth


Volotea has carried 15 million passengers since its first flight in 2012, and over 4.8 million in 2017 alone.

In 2018, Volotea has opened 58 new routes to serve a lineup of 293 routes, operating flights to 78 mid and small-sized European cities in 13 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, Czech Republic, Albania, Portugal, Malta, Austria, Ireland and Luxembourg. The airline expects to carry between 5.7 and 6 million passengers in 2018.

Volotea currently operates from twelve bases: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa, Bilbao, Marseille and Athens. These last three have been inaugurated recently in 2018.

Volotea currently employs 875 people, and plans on creating 250 new jobs in 2018 to capitalize on its growth in activity.

In 2018, Volotea operates its network with 32 aircraft, Boeing 717s and Airbus A319s. Both models are recognized for their comfort and reliability, and Volotea offers reclining seats 5% wider than the average on other airlines.

The Airbus A319 is the aircraft model selected for Volotea’s future growth, allowing the company to increase its passenger capacity by 20% up to 150 seats, as well as serving longer routes.

The airline has been selected by TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice 2017 as the best airline based in France, Italy and Spain in the “Europe Regional and Low Cost” category.

About  Bordeaux National Opera

Located in the heart of the historic center of the city, the Bordeaux National Opera enjoys the increased attractiveness of Bordeaux. Jewel of the XVIIIth century, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage, the capital of wine is becoming a brand destination to discover, welcoming nearly 7 million visitors in 2017 thanks to its worldwide reputation and to its international airport.


The Bordeaux Opera house obtained the “National Opera” label in 2002, following the signing of a convention between the State, the City of Bordeaux and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region. This prestigious label represents a wide range of missions, including artistic policy, decentralization and opening up to a wider public. The Bordeaux National Opera is a public institution with approximately 360 employees – including about 180 permanent artists divided in three leading artistic forces: the Bordeaux Aquitaine National Orchestra, the Bordeaux National Opera Ballet and the Bordeaux National Opera Chorus.


Famous conductor and General Director of the Bordeaux National Opera since 2016, Marc Minkowski has a solid reputation in the performance of a large repertoire in internationally renowned theatres, both in France and abroad. He is also the regular guest conductor in many symphony orchestras, opera houses and festivals all around the world, and has collaborated with many choreographers and dance companies.


The rich and varied 2017/2018 season records 236 curtain-raisers for 113 programs – including 7 operas, 9 ballets, 80 concerts or 18 young audience productions.


The Bordeaux Opera has two unique and complementary venues: the Grand-Théâtre, signed by the architect Victor Louis in 1780 whose monumental staircase inspired Charles Garnier, offers the public a wide range of opera or ballet every season. With a capacity of 1 440 seats and its spectacular structure and acoustics, the Auditorium is the new home of the Bordeaux Aquitaine National Orchestra and has already welcomed many international renowned artists and new creations.