Paris Sketchbook, Post 7, Paris National Opera de Ganier
After visiting the Repetto Ballet Shop, we walked on past the Cafe de la Paix where those who love opera and ballet gather for after performance socializing, to the amazingly grand Opera National de Paris Garnier! The architecture is amazing and the interior is opulent, to say the least, and as magical as a fairy tale! After ascending the grand staircase, we got to take a peak into the auditorium's intircate balconies. The stage crew was in the midst of a tech rehearsal so the lights were down, but what we could see was increidble!
This is the home of the Paris Opera Ballet and many of the spectacular costumes are on display here in glass cases in the public areas of the opera house. They were so beautiful and fantastically detailed. Some of the backstage areas are open for viewing including the libraries of operas, choreiographer and designer's notes. If you love opera, ballet, architecture, you must see this when you go to Paris!