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Opéra de Paris Garnier. www.community.simtropolis.com. Sophia Kiernan Hour 8 Independent Study French 3. What is the Opéra?. 1,979-seat opera house built between 1861 and 1875 to house the Paris Opera .

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Op ra de paris garnier

Opéra de Paris Garnier

www.community.simtropolis.com

Sophia Kiernan

Hour 8 Independent Study

French 3


What is the op ra
What is the Opéra?

  • 1,979-seat opera house built between 1861 and 1875 to house the Paris Opera.

  • It is called many names: Opéra de Paris Garnier, Opéra de Paris, Opéra Garnier, or just Opéra. All of these refer to the same building.

  • It is one of the most recognized monuments of Paris.

  • It was eventually replaced by a new theatre, the Opéra Bastille, but is still used for ballets.

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Who created the op ra
Who created the Opéra?

  • The building was commissioned under the orders of Napoleon III as part of his great Paris Reconstruction Program.

  • Baron Haussmann was put in charge of the Reconstruction.

  • The project was put out to competition for a contract, was given to unknown architect Garnier.

  • Building took 15 years, but was interrupted by several events, including the 1870 war and the fall of the Empire of Napoleon III.

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What is the op ra used for
What is the Opéra used for?

  • It was originally built to house the Paris Opéra, a the primary and largest opera company in Paris.

  • The Paris Opéra produces classical operas and ballets.

  • However, a new modern theater called the Opéra Bastille opened in 1989 to accommodate more elaborate sets.

  • The Opéra Garnier is still used for smaller operas, but more commonly ballets.

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Where is the op ra
Where is the Opéra?

  • It is located at the Place de Opéra, a square in the 9th arrondissement.

  • It is on the Boulevard

    des Capucines.

  • The nearest Metro stop is

    conveniently named

    “Opéra.”

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Why was the op ra built
Why was the Opéra built?

  • The Opéra was originally built as part of Napoleon’s plan to stimulate the French economy and give people jobs.

  • It was planned to house the Paris Opéra and Paris Ballet.

  • Now it is a major representation of the beautiful architecture of Paris.

  • It is a large tourist attraction, and also includes the Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra de Paris, a part of the National Libraires of France.

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What is the the op ra s significance
What is the the Opéra’s significance?

  • The Opéra symbolizes the best of French architecture, and the importance of the arts to French people.

  • It is perhaps the most recognized building next to Notre Dame in Paris.

  • The building also became the most influential architecture for the next 30 years.

  • Many buildings have been modeledafter it, including the Library of Congress, National Opera House of Kiev in Ukraine, and several buildings in Poland.

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Interesting facts
Interesting Facts

  • Architect Charles Garnier left his signature in the ceiling of the building.

  • The Opéra has 17 floors and

    takes up 3 acres of land.

  • 7 of the 17 floors are

    located below ground.

  • Workers discovered underground lake beneath the building during construction.

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The phantom of the opera
The Phantom of the Opera

  • Gaston Leroux’s famous novel “The Phantom of the Opera” is set at the Opéra de Garnier.

  • This book was eventually made into a

    well-known musical by Andrew

    Lloyd Weber.

  • It is the longest running musical on

    Broadway, reaching over 10,000

    showings in February 2012, and the

    highest grossing show of all

    time.

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The op ra by the numbers
The Opéra by the Numbers

  • Seats: 1,900

  • Stage: 60 meters high with a 15 meter under stage

  • Grand Foyer: 18 meters high, 54 meters long,13 meters high.

  • Surface Area: 11,237 m2

  • Weight of Chandelier: 8,000

    tons

  • Grand Staircase: 30 meters

    high

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Works cited
Works Cited

  • Hatab, Simon. "The Opera: Palais Garnier: Presentation." Opera National de Paris. Opera National de Paris, n.d. Web. 10 May 2012. <http://www.operadeparis.fr/en/L_Opera/Palais_Garnier/PalaisGarnier.php>.

  • . "Opéra de Paris Garnier." www.aviewonsities.com. N.p., 2012. Web. 11 May 2012. <http://www.aviewoncities.com/paris/operagarnier.htm>.

  • . "Palais Garnier." Wikipedia. Wikipedia, n.d. Web. 11 May 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palais_Garnier>.

  • . "The Phantom of the Opera (1986 musical)." Wikipedia. N.p., 2012. Web. 13 May 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phantom_of_the_Opera_(1986_musical)>.

  • Webber, Andrew Lloyd. "Paris Opera House." Phantom Of the Opera. N.p., 1986. Web. 13 May 2012. <http://www.thephantomoftheopera.com/background/paris-opera-house>.


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