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  1. Opera tent from Place du Congrès
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  • 1. Opera tent from Place du Congrès - Liège
      1. Opera tent from Place du Congrès
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  • 2. Opera tent from the rear - Liège
      2. Opera tent from the rear
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  • 3. Derelict building by the opera tent - Liège
      3. Derelict building by the opera tent
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  • 4. Stomatologie - Liège
      4. Stomatologie
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While the opera house is being rebuilt, the Royal Opera of Wallonia is performing in the ?Opera Palace?, which is actually a large tent that was set up ?in record time? in the district of Outremeuse (meaning The Other Side of the Meuse) on the now-vacant site of the former Hospital of Bavière.

The General and Artistic Director of the Royal Opera, Stefano Mazzonis, is quoted on the opera?s website as saying: ?When we were searching for a hall that could accommodate our performances during two seasons, we looked at thirty-some places. None of them fulfilled our technical requirements. Then I remembered this big tent which had welcomed Venetian opera goers during nine seasons after the fire that destroyed the Opera Fenice in Venice. It turned out that the tent was for sale. So we bought it!?

Second photo: The opera tent aka Palais Opéra de Liège from outside the fence.

Third photo: A derelict building next to the opera tent, with mysterious graffiti. Secu means Social Security and Rire Vivre Libre means ?laugh live free?, but I?m afraid I?ll have to pass on the rest. (Perhaps some local person can explain?) This is a building that was left over from the old Bavière Hospital, because it was still used for a while longer, after most of the hospital buildings were vacated in 1985.

Fourth photo: To me, the words on the front of the old hospital building were just as puzzling as the graffiti, because some of the letters were woven together in a way that was fashionable in the Art Nouveau period. I finally figured out that the main word was Stomatologie, which is the French word for (you guessed it) stomatology. This turns out to be the branch of medicine that deals with the mouth and its diseases, though most people today would go to a dentist for this sort of thing instead of saying ?Take me to a stomatologist.?

Since 1985 there have been numerous projects and proposals for the development of this site where the hospital used to me, but for various reasons they have all fallen through up to now. (Details in the website below, in French.)

>>Next: Foyer of the opera tent<<

Address: Boulevard de la Constitution
Directions: GPS 50°38'38.13" North; 5°35'27.24" East
Phone: 0032 4 221 47 22
Website: http://lechainonmanquant.be/analyses/la-reaffectation-du-site-de.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 21, 2014
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2016 at 1:33 AM

    I wonder if the Opera House is finished by now?

    • Nemorino's Profile Photo
      Apr 27, 2016 at 5:19 AM

      Yes, the opera house is now completely renovated and has re-opened, but I haven't been back to Liège since then.
      Thanks for your ratings and comments.

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Apr 27, 2016 at 2:15 PM

      Unique idea to use the huge marquee.

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