During the trips our patrons not only enjoy beautiful performances, but fully experience the cultural life of the city they are travelling to. We open closed door for them, granting access to rehearsals, private collections, talks with artists, receptions in private homes and official residences


Upcoming Trips




September 2019

AFPOB Patrons trip: Ballet Season opening gala, major opera productions, private visits and receptions

Paris and Bordeaux

June- July 2019

Paris Opera Ballet Asia Tour

SINGAPORE – The Esplanade (4 performances)

  • June 21 (evening), 22 (matinee and evening) and June 23 (matinee), 2019


Blake Works I, William Forsythe

The Seasons’ Canon, Crystal Pite

In The Night, Jerome Robbins


SHANGHAI - Grand Opera House (6 performances)

4 performances

  • June 29 (evening)
  • June 30 (matinee and evening) 
  • July 1 (evening) 2019 



The Swan Lake by Rudolf Nureyev


2 performances

  • July 4
  • July 5 



Blake Works I by William Forsythe

The Seasons’ Canon by Crystal Pite

In The Night, by Jerome Robbins


More information about the trip to come soon.

Contact - - (212) 439-1426


Past trips




Paris 2018

AFPOB Patrons trip: Ballet Season opening gala, two major opera productions, private visits and receptions

September 27-29,2018 

Join the excitement of "La rentrée parisienne" 

In Fall 2018, AFPOB will travel to Paris in celebration of the 2018/2019 Season Opening Gala. In addition to the black-tie fête, patrons will enjoy the opening night of the rarely performed opera "Les Hugenots" from Meyerbeer, followed by buffet diner on stage for the cast, specially curated events, backstage access and private tour of goverment own landmark buildings.

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September 21 - 22, 2017

Paris Season Opening Gala

AFPOB travelled to Paris in Fall 2017 to celebrate the Paris Opera Ballet's 17/18 season opening. The dazzling program included the sumptuous Défilé du Ballet, which opened up the stage to include the Foyer de la Danse, paying handsome tribute to Charles Garnier's architectural intentions. Two new works joined the repertoire to accompany George Balanchine's Diamants, the choreographer's tribute to the Russian school of dance: Hans van Manen's Trois Gnossiennes and Faun by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, myserious and delicate pas de deux where emotion flows out of music and movement. 

The following day, AFPOB Chairman Olivia Flatto hosted a luncheon for AFPOB patrons in honor of Paris Opera Ballet Director Stéphane Lissner and Paris Opera Ballet Director of Dance Aurélie Dupont. 

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April 20-22, 2017


Black-tie diner  in the Grand Foyers of the Opera Garnier, and unique on-stage program, for a tribute night to Yvette Chauvire, one of the most dazzling French Ballerina of the 20th century.

Performance of rarely seen opera ”Snow Maiden” from Nikolaï Rimski-Korsakov.

Backstage tour of the workshops at Bastille, working rehearsal at Garnier, visit to the house of the French President and the French Senate, private tour of special exhbitis, culinary delights and more ...

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September 1-3, 2016


Patron's Trip in support of American Ballet Theatre's first tour to the Paris Opera in 25 years

Performance of Ratmansky's "Sleeping Beauty"

Backstage access, cast party, visit to the house of the French President, reception at the US Embassador's residence, afternoon in the footsteps of Christian Dior, private tour of cultural landmark and more exciting surprises!

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September 24-26, 2015

Paris - SOLD OUT

Ballet patrons and celebrities from all over the world will be gathering in Paris for the most glamourous event of the year: the gala opening night of Benjamin Millepied' first season at the Paris Opera Ballet, co-chaired by Olivia Flatto, Karine Journo, Pamela Joyner, Ulla Parker and Sutton Stracke, and sponsored by Dior and de Grisogono.

The 3-day fall escape planned by the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet will not only ensure you access to the sold-out gala, but also offer privileged experiences such as a master class with Benjamin Millepied, a private dinner and performance with Nico Muhly, a lunch with Maestro Phillippe Jordan, a guided discovery of new Philharmonie de Paris, a visit of the School of Dance, as well exciting private and official receptionsThe trip will aslo include incredible moments such as a private master class with Benjamin Millepied, a talk with Nico Muhly, a visit of the School of danse, private and official receptions.

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October 17, 2014


Performance of “Paquita” by the Paris Opera Ballet 

Rehearsal of the Grands Ballets Canadiens, lunch in a private residence, private tour of the headquarters of Le Cirque du Soleil,  and dinner with the Etoiles,

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May 21-23, 2014


Co-chair: Marina Couloucoundis, Judith M. Hoffman

Black-tie gala on the stage of the Opera Bastille

New creation by Benjamin Millepied for the Paris Opera Ballet
Private rehearsal of new production with Robert Wilson
Performance of Bellini’s opera “I Capuleti e I Montecchi”

Private tour of an exceptional Impressionist collection

Dinners and lunches in private homes with special guests of honor

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