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In former days the Opera Garnier was named the Paris Opera, but since the building of the Opéra Bastille in 1989, the name of this opera is Opéra Garnier.

Opera Garnier, built in neo-baroque style, is regarded as one of the architectural masterpieces of its time. This opera is designed as part of the great Parisian reconstruction of the Second Empire under Baron Haussmann. There was a competition which was won by the that time still unknown 35-year-old architect Charles Garnier. The foundation stone was laid in 1861.

In 1978 I visited the operahouse to watch an opera of Wagner. It was a very unique experience. I was impressed by the building, the abundant decorations, the steep steps to the seats very high in the back of the hall.... and not in the last place by the bombastic performance with real galopping horses at the stage.

One of the horsemen fell down from his horse during the performance and disappeared invisible behind one of the décors, while 'the show went on'. As spectators we didn't know what happened to him, but one of my colleagues, who walked at the backside of the building around that time, told me later that he saw that a man was carried into an ambulance. So I suppose the man problably crawled away from the stage himself, unvisible for the audience.

Address: Place de l'Opéra , 75009
Directions: at the northern end of the Avenue de l'Opéra in the 9th arrondissement
Metro: Opéra

Phone: +33 1 71 25 24 23
Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palais_Garnier

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  • Updated Jun 4, 2006
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