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    Opera de LIlle

    by shavy Written May 3, 2014
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    Located next to Chambre de Commerce this was closed for the fourth times for renovation and opened its doors in late 2003 again

    On top of the Opera House you can see the statue of Apollo with nine muses on the right you see the image group that represents the tragedy and to the left represents a different aspect of the music group

    It closed during our visit but you can enter normally during the week where you can admired the interior inside the Opera House you will find an impressive monumental staircase lots of marble bronze gold and shimmering crystal

    Programs are also offered to visit the Opera: the Wednesday Concerts at 6 pm happy Days (open-door days and thematic events with free admission) and a selection of performances specially designed for the whole family

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    Opéra de Lille

    by Nemorino Updated Dec 10, 2013

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    The original Municipal Theater in Lille was built from 1784 to 1787 and served its purpose for over a century, until it burned to the ground in a mysterious fire on the night of April 5-6, 1903. After five years of discussion, the city council held an architectural competition to design a new opera house in the style of those built by Charles Garnier in Paris and Monte Carlo.

    The competition was won by the local architect Louis-Marie Cordonnier (1854-1940), who also built the very different Chamber of Commerce building next door. An old post card shows both buildings when they were under construction, sometime between 1907 and 1910.

    Construction of the new opera house was nearly finished when Lille was occupied by the Germans in 1914 at the beginning of the First World War. The Germans inaugurated the building, which they called the Deutsches Theater in Lille (‘German Theatre in Lille’), and used it for over a hundred opera performances and concerts during their four-year occupation, with a heavy emphasis on Germanic composers such as Wagner, Mozart, Strauss and Beethoven.

    Historical photos of the Lille opera house on carthalia.

    After the war the opera house was in need of renovation. It was re-inaugurated by the French in 1923.

    Seventy-five years later, in 1998, a safety inspection of the opera house revealed such grave defects that the building had to be closed for repairs in mid-season. Soon the city council decided to undertake a thorough restoration of the building and modernization of the stage equipment. This took nearly six years, until the opera was re-opened with a gala concert in December 2003, just in time for Lille’s year as a ‘European Capital of Culture’ in 2004.

    The Lille Opera now counts its seasons from this latest re-opening, so the 2013/2014 season is advertised as ‘Season 10’.

    Address: Place du Théâtre, 59260 Lille - France
    Directions: V’Lille bicycle station 12: Opera (rue Anatole France)
    Location and photo of Opéra de Lille on monumentum.fr
    Phone: 0820 48 9000
    Website: http://www.opera-lille.fr/

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    Foyer of the Lille Opera

    by Nemorino Written Dec 8, 2013

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    One of the architectural highlights of Lille is Le Grand Foyer of the opera house. It stretches over the entire width of the building, at the front of the first floor (one flight up).

    The rich ornamentation has been carefully renovated and is now just as stunning as it must have been when it was new.

    Second photo: Decorations in the foyer.

    Third photo: Side panel in the foyer, by the French painter Georges Picard (1857-1943).

    Fourth photo: The ceiling of the foyer was also the work of George Picard, who was famous for his ceiling frescos in the Petit Palais and Hôtel de Ville in Paris as well as the French embassy in Vienna and the theater in Buenos Aires.

    Fifth photo: Looking into the foyer from upstairs.

    Address: Place du Théâtre, 59260 Lille - France
    Directions: V’Lille bicycle station 12: Opera (rue Anatole France)
    Location and photo of Opéra de Lille on monumentum.fr
    Phone: 0820 48 9000
    Website: http://www.opera-lille.fr/

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    Auditorium of the Lille Opera

    by Nemorino Updated Dec 8, 2013

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    The auditorium of the Lille Opera (‘La Grande Salle’ = The Large Hall) was built in the notorious ‘Italian style’ in the shape of a horseshoe – one of the last halls in France to be built in this form, before it went out of fashion.

    The problem with a horseshoe-shaped hall is that the spectators sitting on the sides have only a limited view of the stage, which in the eighteenth century seemed perfectly normal. As I have explained in one of my Milan tips: “To understand the seating arrangements at La Scala and similar opera houses, keep in mind that in the 18th century the best seats in the house were not the ones where you could see the stage, but the ones where the rest of the audience could see you – if you chose to expose yourself to their view.”

    In the 21st century most of us have the attitude that we are entitled to an unobstructed view of the stage – an attitude that I suspect would have seemed anti-social in the 18th century, when it was considered impolite to just stare at the stage and ignore your fellow spectators.

    When the Lille opera house was renovated from 1998 to 2003, they took the opportunity to install new seats that were staggered to improve visibility. Also they changed the slope of the ground floor to give the people in the back rows a better view.

    The auditorium now has 1138 seats, which I assume is fewer than it had before.

    Second photo: The ceiling of the auditorium is in the form of a painted and gilded cupola or dome.

    Third photo: The edges of the cupola are decorated with elaborate paintings and bas-reliefs.

    Fourth photo: Bas-relief above the stage.

    Address: Place du Théâtre, 59260 Lille - France
    Directions: V’Lille bicycle station 12: Opera (rue Anatole France)
    Location and photo of Opéra de Lille on monumentum.fr
    Phone: 0820 48 9000
    Website: http://www.nordmag.com/nord_pas_de_calais/lille/patrimoine/lille_opera.htm

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    Views from the opera house

    by Nemorino Written Dec 6, 2013

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    Looking out from the Lille opera house, on a typical rainy day, we can see the Place du Théâtre with the historic Vielle Bourse (Old Exchange) on the right.

    The taller building in the background, in the center of the photo, is the home of the regional newspaper La Voix du Nord (The Voice of the North), which faces onto the Grand’Place.

    Second photo: Rue de la Clef and the beginning of Boulevard Carnot, as seen from the opera house.

    Third photo: Looking out one of the side windows of the foyer.

    Fourth photo: Looking in from the outside of the opera house at night.

    Address: Place du Théâtre, 59260 Lille - France
    Directions: V’Lille bicycle station 12: Opera (rue Anatole France)
    Location and photo of Opéra de Lille on monumentum.fr
    Phone: 0820 48 9000
    Website: http://www.opera-lille.fr/

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    Lucia di Lammermoor

    by Nemorino Updated Dec 2, 2013

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    When people ask me what my favorite opera is, I tend to give a different answer every time. But one I have named more than once is Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848), a lovely melodic Italian opera based on a rather long-winded Scottish novel by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832).

    This is the story of a young woman who makes the mistake of falling in love with one of her family’s arch-enemies. Her brother forces her to marry a man she has never met, with the result that she stabs her husband to death on their wedding night and then appears blood-stained on the stage for a quarter-hour ‘mad scene’ – an evocative tour-de-force for a coloratura soprano.

    In Lille the role of Lucia was played and sung by the young American soprano Rachele Gilmore in a well-focused and uncluttered production by stage director Stanislas Nordey, conducted by Roberto Rizzi Brignoli.

    On YouTube there is an excerpt from the second act of the Lille production, with Rachele Gilmore as Lucia and Roman Burdenko as her brother Lord Anrico Ashton.

    Also on YouTube there is a video of the mad scene as sung by Rachele Gilmore – not in Lille but at the Knoxville Opera two and a half years earlier in February 2010.

    Second and third photos: The cast of Lucia di Lammermoor taking their bows after a performance at the Opéra de Lille in October 2013.

    Fourth and fifth photos: After the performance there was a discussion in the opera foyer with the conductor Roberto Rizzi Brignoli and the stage director Stanislas Nordey, who seem to have gotten along very well with each other and with the cast.

    Address: Place du Théâtre, 59260 Lille - France
    Directions: V’Lille bicycle station 12: Opera (rue Anatole France)
    Location and photo of Opéra de Lille on monumentum.fr
    Phone: 0820 48 9000
    Website: http://www.opera-lille.fr/fr/saison-13-14/bdd/sid/99399_lucia-di-lammermoor

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    For more about Rachele Gilmore, have a look at this: Rachele Gilmore’s 100 MPH Fastball, a review of her 2009 Metropolitan Opera debut by Andy Ihnatko, who describes himself as an “internationally-beloved technology pundit.”

    Next: V’Lille bike sharing system

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    New Opera House

    by Helga67 Updated Nov 15, 2004

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    New Opera House

    Next to the New Stock Exchange stands another impressive building. It's the New Opera House. It was also built in 1906 in Louis XVI-style.
    On the right side of the entrance you can find this statue. It represents tragedy. On the left side is the statue representing music.

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