Opéra Garnier, Paris

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    Opera Garnier

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 29, 2016

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    Site of the paris Opera since 1669, the current structure dates to 1875. This a great place to see a show just to take in the building. Just be warned the seats ( especially the less expensive ones) are small and not very comfortable.

    Address: Place de l'Opéra , 75009

    Directions: Metro: Opéra

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    Opera Garnier, 9th.

    by pfsmalo Updated Jan 17, 2016

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    Originally known as the "Salle des Capucines" but soon changed to "Opera Garnier in recogntion of it's architect Charles Garnier, probably his most inspired work. The building dates from 1875, but took 14 years to build, housing some 2000 patrons. Commissioned by Napoleon III as part of the works carried out by Haussmann during the 1860's/70's and is certainly one of the most recognisable buildings in Paris.

    For tips and hints on the operas themselves, take a look at VT member Nemorinos pages here:

    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/16e2b1/

    For just the daily visits I would certainly recommend booking online just for the ease of it, although you can take your chance and do a walk-in.

    Tickets for the visit are 11€ for an adult and 7€ for up to 25's

    Address: Place de l'Opéra , 75009

    Directions: Metro: Opéra

    Website: http://www.operadeparis.fr/

    Night-time look at the Opera Garnier. One of the One of Alfred Jacquemart's eagles

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    Opera Garnier IV, 9th.

    by pfsmalo Written Jan 8, 2016

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    From the main foyer at the top of the staircase there was only one door open to view the auditorium, so made for a bit of push and shove to have a decent look, especially for photographers. Apparently amid much moaning and groaning they will remove the central walls between each booth on each level to be able to pack more people in for performances, so there will no longer be the intimate "own" box atmosphere. The great chandelier has some 380 bulbs and weighs in at 6 1/2 tons !!! And of course has the famous Chagall painted ceiling, executed for free.
    Just to the right of the door into the auditorium is the Salon du Glacier. Situated above the Opera restaurant this room was completed after the opening of the Opera and features another tremendous chandelier and a ceiling painted by Clairin.

    Address: Place de l'Opéra , 75009

    Directions: Metro: Opéra

    The grand chandelier in the auditorium. The stage and Part of the seating arrangements. Better view of Chagall's ceiling. Chandelier in the Salon du Glacier

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    Opera Garnier III, 9th.

    by pfsmalo Written Jan 5, 2016

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    Once up the staircase and passing through the avant-foyer one enters into the Grand Foyer conceived by Garnier as a place for patrons to walk between two acts. 54 metres long the mirrors and lighting make the room seem even bigger. 13 metres wide and 18 metres up to the ceiling painted by Baudry increases the sense of volume. This is one beautiful and exquisite hall, reminding me of the long room at Chenonceau, but with more decoration, based mainly around music. At either end of this main foyer there are the two galleries, the Moon and the Sun and outside a loggia.that gives the view onto the place de l'Opera and the avenue of the same name.

    Address: Place de l'Opéra , 75009

    Directions: Metro: Opéra

    The splendid The outside loggia.

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    Opera Garnier II, 9th.

    by pfsmalo Written Dec 30, 2015

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    Once you've entered and passed the controls and the statue of Garnier you arrive in front of the Bassin de la Pythie, repesenting a high priestess from Ancient Greece, and the fabulous great double staircase with a ceiling 30 metres high. Legend has it that under the Bassin is the underground river that Garnier had to block off from the foundations. The mighty staircase that leads up to the auditorium and the different galleries is a marvel in itself, multi-coloured marbles, statues, lights and paintings make this a feast for the eyes.

    Address: Place de l'Opéra , 75009

    Directions: Metro: Opéra

    Pythie basin or fountain view from below The great staircase up on the first level. Part of the painted ceiling.

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    Susan Graham as Iphigénie!

    by Nemorino Updated Oct 24, 2015

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    All you loyal readers of my Nürnberg page (thanks again to both of you!) will recall that there I talked about the composer Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787) and his opera Iphigénie in Aulis, composed in 1774.

    Here in Paris I saw the sequel, Iphigénie en Tauride, with the American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in the title role. She has been one of my all-time favorite singers ever since I saw her as Octavian in Birmingham, England, in the 1990s. As Iphigenie she was fantastic as usual, and was enthusiastically cheered by the audience in the Opera Garnier.

    The orchestra and the other singers were first-rate, as well, and the attractive stage set included reflecting walls that could be raised or lowered at appropriate times. Up where I was sitting we saw the orchestra and conductor reflected on those walls, and the folks downstairs saw the reflection of the golden balconies of the large hall, which I thought was a beautiful way of incorporating the magnificent architecture of the building into the staging of the opera itself.

    The one thing that detracted somewhat from the performance was the fact that the stage director had decided it should take place in an old-people's home, so there were about twenty extra players as old women limping around the stage at various times. Normally I am quite good at figuring out what the stage directors are trying to say (I know some of these folks and am on their wavelength, so to speak), but this time I was quite baffled. And I wasn't the only one, because when these extra players came on stage to take their bows at the end, the whole house erupted in loud boos. (Which was a bit unfair to these poor ladies who were only doing what the stage director told them to do. As this performance was not the premiere, the stage director was no longer there to take the blame.)

    Second photo: Spectators taking their seats in the upper balconies.

    Third and fourth photos: The paintings on the ceiling were commissioned by André Malraux, then Minister of Culture, and were painted by Marc Chagall between 1960 and 1964.

    Fifth photo: Statue of the composer Christoph Willibald Gluck in the lobby of the Opéra Garnier.

    Address: 8 rue Scribe, 75009 Paris

    Directions: Vélib' 2015 or 2014
    Place de l'Opéra, Metro: Opéra
    GPS 48°52'16.73" North; 2°19'54.97" East

    Phone: 08 92 89 90 90

    Website: http://www.operadeparis.fr/

    1. In the Op��ra Garnier 2. Spectators taking their seats 3. Ceiling paintings by Marc Chagall 4. Ceiling paintings by Marc Chagall 5. Statue of Gluck in the lobby of Op��ra Garnier
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  • Pompous French

    by Hartcool Written Oct 6, 2015

    Short stay in Paris was to include this site for visit. Checked the Opera's website including the day of planned visit for schedule & closures. Visited opera only to be turned away due to planned activities not reported on website. Tremendous inconvenience due largely to this opera house being in France.

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    Opera Nationale de Paris

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jun 22, 2015

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    This beautiful structure with its ornate facade was a masterpiece of 19th century. It was designed by Charles Garnier for Napoleon III and inaugurated in 1875.

    The interior of the opera boasts a "Grand Staircase" made of white marble with a balustrude of red and green marble and there is a five-tiered auditorium which is decorated in red velvet, gold leafing and cherubs. The ceiling was painted by Chagal and deserves special attention.

    Underneath the building is a small lake which inspired Paul Leroux's hiding place for Phantom of the Opera.

    There are daily tours of the interior of the opera house and you can purchase your ticket which will give admission to the public areas, including the Opera Library-Museum (Bibliothèque nationale de France, permanent collection, set models, works of art), Rotonde des Abonnés, Bassin de la Pythie, Grand Staircase, Grand Foyer, Avant-Foyer, Salons de la lune et du soleil, Rotonde du Glacier and tapestries as well as any other temporary exhibit.

    The entrance price is €11. Check out their website for more details.

    Address: Place de l'Opera-75009

    Phone: 01 40 01 22 63

    Website: http://www.operadeparis.fr

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    Opera Garnier

    by Kate-Me Written Jun 1, 2015

    Magnificent building! Very crowded with tourists, even in the off season. I found it difficult to even cross the road it was so busy, but well worth the look. Unfortunately we didn't get to see inside.

    Address: Place de l'Opéra , 75009

    Directions: Metro: Opéra

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    The Opera (no phatom found)

    by Toughluck Written May 29, 2015

    There is a fee to wander around the Opera House during non-performance times. There is admission to see a performance. We wanted to see the building. We wandered upstairs, took in the spacious areas for quest to talk and drink between acts. We visited a private booth and viewed the stage and with the chandelier over the audience. Then, we wandered down stairs to a museum of the buildings.

    Address: Place de l'Opéra , 75009

    Directions: Metro: Opéra

    The Grand Staircase
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    The basement

    by solopes Updated Jan 26, 2015

    The basement is a good option to rest a while. Though the Phantom of the Opera was out (performing in New York ?), and I couldn't find its lake, I had the opportunity to sit for some minutes, enjoying a musical projection.

    Even at the dimmed light, the basement revealed itself as a nice space.

    Address: Place de l'Opéra , 75009

    Directions: Metro: Opéra

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    Opera

    by solopes Updated Jan 26, 2015

    Several times I passed by Opera Garnier, a mandatory reference to locate ourselves in Paris, but never decided to enter. This time, instead of staying outside Zara for two hours, waiting for... you know...

    I decided to use the time visiting it. Excellent. It's a rich and handsome palace, built in the 19th century by the architect that gave it its name - Charles Garnier. Its sumptuous conception and delicate decoration are a must see.

    Address: Place de l'Opéra , 75009

    Directions: Metro: Opéra

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    Opéra Library and Museum

    by Nemorino Updated Sep 26, 2014

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    The library-museum at the Opéra Garnier is one of the four Paris sites of the French National Library (Bibliothèque National de France or BnF). It is located in the Rotonde de l’Empereur, the west pavilion adjoining the main facade, which as the name implies was originally intended for the use of the Emperor Napoléon III a.k.a. Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (1808–1873), the nephew of Napoléon I.

    Unfortunately (for him) the Empire was overthrown in 1870, five years before the completion of the building, so this pavilion was never fully completed and the dressed blocks of stone can still be seen as they were in 1870.

    The main purpose of this library is to conserve documents of the history of the Paris operas from 1669 to the present.

    Second photo: Historical costumes on display in the museum.

    Third photo: A model of the stage set for Verdi's Rigoletto, from the opera house in Monte Carlo, January 29, 1881.

    Fourth photo: Bust of Jacques Rouché (1862-1957), who was the general director of the Paris opera from 1914 to 1944. Because he stayed at his post and kept the opera running during the Nazi occupation, Rouché was long suspected of being a Nazi collaborator, though he was totally exonerated in 1951. In the summer of 2007 the library-museum was showing an exhibition on his life and work.

    Address: Place de l’Opéra, 75009 Paris

    Directions: Vélib' 2015 or 2014
    Place de l'Opéra, Metro: Opéra
    GPS 48°52'16.73" North; 2°19'54.97" East

    Phone: 01 47 42 07 02

    Website: http://www.bnf.fr/pages/zNavigat/frame/version_anglaise.htm?ancre=english.htm

    1. The library-museum in the Op��ra Garnier 2. Historical costumes on display 3. Model of Rigoletto stage set, Monte Carlo 1881 4. Bust of Jacques Rouch�� (1862-1957)
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    OPERA GARNIER - THE AUDITORIUM

    by balhannah Updated Jun 3, 2014

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    THE grand, sumptuous, impressive Auditorium WAS CLOSED!

    What a HUGE disappointment!!! We had to look through a square in the door, as the stage was being used for rehearsal.
    All I have are the few photos!
    So I suggest, ask before you pay your entrance fee if it is open for viewing..,... This is IF you really want to see it!

    If you want to know anything about Opera, check out Don NEMORINO page
    His is the expert on Opera!

    Address: Place de l'Opéra , 75009

    Directions: Metro: Opéra

    Looking at the stage Entrance doors to Auditorium All I coud see
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    Opéra Garnier: Elegant opulence since 1875

    by Nemorino Updated Jan 31, 2014

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    In terms of the number of seats that they can actually put on sale for any given evening, around 1,750, this is only the third largest opera house in Paris.

    But when you consider the amount of stunningly high-quality space that is available for these 1,750 people to walk around in, for instance the entrance hall, the Grand Staircase, the balconies overlooking the Grand Staircase, the Grand Foyer, the avant-foyer, the Rotonde des abonnés and the loggia, then their claim that this is the world's largest theater begins to seem plausible.

    Second photo: The Grand Staircase.

    Third photo: Balconies overlooking the Grand Staircase

    Fourth photo: The Grand Foyer is being set up here for a VIP-sponsoring function after the performance.

    Fifth photo: The stage entrance has its own courtyard at the back of the building. I only saw about a dozen bicycles parked here, but over twice as many motor scooters and motorcycles.

    Location and photo of the Opéra Garnier on monumentum.fr.

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    Address: 8 rue Scribe, 75009 Paris

    Directions: Place de l'Opéra
    Vélib' 2015 or 2014
    Metro: Opéra
    GPS 48°52'16.73" North; 2°19'54.97" East

    Phone: 08 92 89 90 90

    Website: http://www.operadeparis.fr/

    1. Le Palais Garnier 2. The Grand Staircase 3. Balconies overlooking the Grand Staircase 4. The Grand Foyer 5. Stage entrance
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