Opera Garnier: the grandeur of the Second French Empire

I can’t believe I haven’t been posting about my last Europe trip for almost ten months… Almost the two thirds of my fleeting seven-day trip to Europe were spent in the spectaculars in Paris, France.

Opera Garnier (a.k.a Opera Paris) was one of the most anticipated destinations I planned, not only because it’s the original setting for Gaston Leroux’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ but also because my natural taste as an avid concertgoer. 😉 It must have been an unforgettable experience to watch a performance in Opera Garnier when it’s on season.

I was wondering how the Parisians think of this remarkable landmark. Obviously, the grandeur of the Grand Foyer does not speak about the ‘grand position’ of the entire venue in the artistic and cultural life in Paris. Most of the major Opera performances happen in the modern Opera Bastille, while the classical architecture has become home to ballet productions.

It was almost heart-aching to see the every imperial detail of Opera Garnier breathing alive while overlooking the modern streets. There would be no other place like Paris where the past is still breathing in every corner of the city as to illuminate its shared glory with the present.

Musée d’Orsay has an exhibition of an elaborate miniature of Opera Garnier.

It’s amazing to see the sparkles in the hundreds-years-old golden statues.

The (in)famous Chandelier, surround by a ceiling painting by Marc Chagall depicting scenes from works of 14 composers including Mozart, Wagner, Berlioz, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Bizet, Beethoven, and Gluck.

The dazzling Grand Foyer. Here a large number of people socialized during intermission.

On the bottom of the Grand Staircase.

This is the best shot I took in the auditorium with limited access… 😦
This detail gives me a typical ‘Phantom of the Opera’ feeling 😉


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