"Opera Garnier" Opéra Garnier Tip by TRimer
Opéra Garnier, Paris: 139 reviews and 308 photos
Both the exterior and the interior are breathtaking works of art. It was designed not only to be used as a theatre, but also as a setting for grand state occasions, for galas and balls, festivals and feasts. It was a gathering place for the new middle classes where they could see and be seen. The foyers and lounges, the Grand staircase and other public parts of the building take up more space than the auditorium. The stage is 175 feet wide and 85 feet deep. This extraordinary room, ringed with statuary and sofas upholstered in crimson is dominated at its far end by an enormous St. Gobain mirror 33 feet across and 23 feet high, with a ballet barre in front of it. In Garnier?s time the most favored members of the audience were able to meet the dancers and watch them limbering up. Balzac came here to observe, Degas to sketch. Hanging in the center of the auditorium--and today the center piece of the Marc Chagall ceiling-- is an ornate crystal chandelier, seven tons of metalwork and glass, which was cut to Garnier?s design and later modified to hold 400 bulbs.
Address: Place de l'Opéra
Directions: Across the street from Galleries Lafayette. Take the Metro to the Opera stop. Open: 10 a.m.-5 p.m Closed Sun.
Phone: 33 1 47 42 57 50
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