Our Tour of the (Old) Paris Opera House

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Opera Garnier
Phantom of the Opera
Victor Hugo

We were impressed that this historic building is a working opera house with a compete schedule of performances and events, but it limited our access to all areas of the building, due to rehearsals and event set-up

We secured tickets to the English Tour at the Paris Opera House
You could come in to the Box Office the day of the tour, where the tickets quickly sell out
Or you could buy the tickets online in advance
https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/visits/palais-garnier/individuals-2/guided-tours-of-the-public-areas

We met early, entering through the back, in a staging area where Opera Subscribers would also enter.
They could arrive and prepare themselves, adjusting themselves in the mirrors, before ascending the stairs up into the opera house

We were given very good earphones and could hear every word from our Tour Guide

We did not see the Opera House Auditorium. I expected to see the Chagall painting at the top of the ceiling dome.
We did not see the basement, where we expected to see an underground body of water
(like in the Phantom of the Opera)
We were told this is partially due to terrorism concerns (?) and if we knew security, police or firemen, then we could maybe gain access

Down Under at the Palais Garnier Opera House in Paris Bonjour Paris (the Insider’s Guide)

We did not see the backstage area. The Musee D’Osay has a detailed scale model of the Opera House which shows the back stage area, the scene risers, etc.
(it is almost better than the Opera House)

We did learn about Paris, Parisians reaction to art and what it meant to attend the Opera

We had to exit through the Gift Shop, which is obsolutely tacky and crass, but also just good business.

https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/visits/palais-garnier

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