Opera House Guided Tour
The Opera House Guided Tour
The Opera Garnier is a building at the heart of the hausmannian renovation of the middle of the XIXth century. After encountering many issues during the construction : presence of a subterranean groundwater table, terrain in the form of a losange and even a change in political regime, the architect Charles Garnier was finally able to open his building in 1875, unfinished and without even being invited to the inauguration! He would remain the “conductor” until his death in 1898.
The place is still today the theatre for numerous ballets and high calibre operas, with its Italian style room and sloping stage. It is also here that the magnificent costumes of the ballet corps are made in a studio in the style of haute couture clothing.
The Opera Garnier is also a place of mysteries, were a famous fantom with a disfigured face lived, who still has a seat in the building on Opera nights! His lair is none other than the opera lake, still used today by Paris firefighters.
What does the Opera House guided tour include?
During the guided tour you will visit the magnificent reception rooms and also discover the sublime dome painted by Marc Chagall between 1960 and 1964 at the request of André Malraux, and it is the equivalent of 220m2 of canvas.
The visit will also allow you to learn a bit more about the history of dance and opera, illustrated with the building’s sublime painted and sculpted decors.