Paris: Théâtre de l'Opéra (Palais Garnier)

Country: France
City: Paris
Department, Region: Paris, Île-de-France
Location: Place de l'Opéra

See also: Buildings of the Opéra de Paris - Chronology

Built 1862-1875 as "Académie nationale de Musique - Théâtre de l'Opéra" by Charles Garnier. Opened 5 January 1875 with an opera and ballet gala. 1964 new auditorium ceiling painting by Marc Chagall. 1969 restoration of electrical facilities. 1978 addition of new ballet rehearsal rooms inside the existing dome by Jean-Loup Roubert. Re-named "Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris" in 1978. Restoration works since 1994. 2300 seats.

Renamed "Palais Garnier" after the opening of the Opéra Bastille in 1989. Used for opera and ballet performances by the "Opéra national de Paris".

Notable world premieres:

  • Jules Massenet: Le Roi de Lahore (27 Apr 1877)
  • Camille Saint-Saëns: Henri VIII (5 May 1883)
  • Camille Saint-Saëns: Ascanio (21 Mar 1890)
  • Jules Massenet: Thaïs (16 Mar 1894)
  • Augusta Holmès: La Montagne-Noire (8 Feb 1895)
  • Camille Saint-Saëns: Les Barbares (20 Oct 1901)
  • Camille Erlanger: Le Fils d l'étoile (17 Apr 1904)
  • Igor Stravinsky: L'oiseau de feu (25 June 1910)
  • Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende (14 May 1914)
  • César Franck: Rebecca (25 May 1918)
  • Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella (15 May 1920)
  • Albéric Magnard: Guercoeur (24 Apr 1931)
  • Darius Milhaud: Maximilien (4 Jan 1932)
  • Reynaldo Hahn: Le Marchand de Venise (24 Mar 1935)
  • George Enescu: Oedipe (13 Mar 1936)
  • Alban Berg: Lulu (completed version by Friedrich Cerha, 24 Feb 1979)
  • Olivier Messiaen: Saint François d'Assise (1983)

Link: www.opera-de-paris.fr

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[Paris: Theatre de l'Opera (Palais Garnier)] Front Text: "Paris - Rue Auber - Opéra"
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[Paris: Theatre de l'Opera (Palais Garnier)] Front Text: "Ville deParis - Opéra"
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[Paris: Theatre de l'Opera (Palais Garnier)] Front Text: "Paris, Façade de l'Opéra, Entrée principale"
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[Paris: Theatre de l'Opera (Palais Garnier)] Front Text: "Paris - L'Opéra"
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[Paris: Theatre de l'Opera (Palais Garnier)] Front Text: "Paris - L'Opéra vu de la Rue Scribe - The Opera" [view from Rue Scribe]
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[Paris: Theatre de l'Opera (Palais Garnier)] Front Text: "Paris - Opéra - 'La Danse', groupe par Carpeaux" [sculpture group 'The Dance' by Carpeaux]
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[Paris: Theatre de l'Opera (Palais Garnier)] Front Text: "Paris - La Place de l'Opéra"
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[Paris: Theatre de l'Opera (Palais Garnier)] Front Text: "Paris (9e) - L'Opéra - Construit par Charles Garnier (1861-1874) - Académie Nationale de Musique - Superficie: 11.235 m.c. La Scène mesure 15 m. de hauteur et autant de large. La Salle contient 2.300 places. L'Emplacement a coûté 10 millions - La construction 17 millions"
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[Paris: Theatre de l'Opera (Palais Garnier)] Front Text: "Paris - L'Opéra"
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Publisher: Aéro-Photo, Paris [with permission from the German occupators: "Freigegeben durch R. L. M. Kontr. No. 42001"]
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[Paris: Theatre de l'Opera (Palais Garnier)] Reverse Text: "Paris - L'Opéra et le Café de la PAix"
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[Paris: Theatre de l'Opera (Palais Garnier)] Reverse Text: "Paris - L'Opéra et le Café de la Paix - Opera-house and Café de la Paix - Oper und Café de la Paix - Teatro dell'opera e Café de la Paix - LOpera: construit à Paris de 1862 à 1874 par l'architecte 'Charles Garnier'"
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[Paris: Theatre de l'Opera (Palais Garnier)] Front Text: "Paris - L'Opéra"
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[Paris: Theatre de l'Opera (Palais Garnier)] Front Text: "Paris", signed: "Bruyant"
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[Paris: Theatre de l'Opera (Palais Garnier)] Reverse Text: "Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier, La façade principale"
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[Paris: Theatre de l'Opera (Palais Garnier)] Picture: mosaic on the loggia ceiling
Reverse Text: "Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier, façade principale - Mosaïque du plafond de la loggia"
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[Paris: Theatre de l'Opera (Palais Garnier)] Picture: roof sculpture "Pegasus" by Lequesne
Reverse Text: "Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier, Un des 'Pégase' du sculpteur Lequesne sur le toit de l'Opéra"
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[Paris: Theatre de l'Opera (Palais Garnier)] Picture: roof sculpture "Harmony" by Charles Gumery
Reverse Text: "Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier, façade principale - Groupe de 'L'Harmonie' du sculpteur Gumery"
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