Withstanding the ravages of time, the Opera de Nice is one of the finest cultural venues in the city. The earlier structures were destroyed and torn down and the theater as seen today was inaugurated in the year 1885 with a magnificent performance of Verdi's Aida. Hosting Napoleon III, the royal concert was conducted by music maestro Johann Strauss. Frequented by royals of all European nations, the theater still preserves its heritage. Home to the Nice Philharmonic and Ballet Nice Méditerrannée, the opulent theater invites patrons to enjoy operas, ballets and classical concerts. Rich in history and a beacon of elegance, the venue is a spectacular symbol of Nice's culture.