Grand Opera#18 of 40 places to visit in Paris
Photo: Opera Granier inside, © Jonathan Haider
The lobby is laid out in marble of various colors. Painting on the ceiling makes you forget that you need to look under your feet and bewitches with various images of musical allegories.
Before the main staircase you will see two female figures holding flowers from the light - those are two bronze floor lamps. Going up the stairs you will find yourself in a spacious theater foyer, covered with golden mosaic. Here you can have walk during the intermission, enjoying a beautiful view of the City of Lights from the huge windows. Walking around the theater, pay attention to the main element of the decor - lyre. You can find it everywhere - on walls, ceilings, handles of windows and doors and even on heating grates.
Photo: Theatrical foyer of the Opera Granier, © Jim Trodel
After the foyer you will enter the spectator hall shaped as horseshoe. Look up to see the famous plafond of the Paris Opera. It was painted by Marc Chagall himself at the request of the architect of the Grand Opera - Charles Granier. He spent more than 200 liters of paint and worked on the plafond for almost a year. Five sectors of different colors with marvelous images of musicians, angels, animals, dancers, the sights of Paris and scenes from several famous operas and ballets. When the project was finished the plafond was raised to a height of 21 meter and attached on the ceiling.
Photo: The ceiling of the Opere of Mark Chagall, © Vera K.
The hall accommodates 1,900 spectators; If you're lucky enough to be among them - sit down in a comfortable, red velvet armchair, wait until the curtain rises, the light goes out, and enjoy the show. When the performance is over, do not forget to visit the museum-library and its permanent exposition about the Opera's past or go to the local store and buy some souvenirs.
Photo: Hall of the Granier Opera, © Jim Bab
Photo: Ceiling in the Opera Granier, © George Reader
By the way, ghost lives here, if you meet him, do not be afraid - Eric is harmless :)
The Grand Opera is located on Scribe Street, 8. Of course you can get there by taxi, but if you do not want to get stuck in a traffic jam, then you better use the underground: the 7th line - Opera station. Also you can get there by bus: No. 20, 21, 22, 27, 29, 42, 52, 53, 66, 81, 95.
You can buy a ticket and view posters on the official website. The cost ranges from €5 to €250. The price for a tour inside the theater building will cost from €7 to €11.