- Discover an architectural masterpiece in the heart of Paris
- Marvel at the ceiling painted by Chagall and the 7 ton chandelier in the auditorium
- Climb the double stairway of the Grand Escalier and marvel at the splendid paintings and sculptures
- Walk in the Grand Foyer and discover why Opera Garnier is considered as the most beautiful Opera in the world
Opera Garnier: Access to public areas
From Oct. 24 until Feb. 2, Grand Opera, 1828-1867. History Made Spectacular.
Boasting an eclectic and ostentatious Baroque design, the Opera Garnier is one of the most extravagant representations of Second Empire architecture in France. Thanks to your skip-the-line entrance ticket, benefit from a quick and easy access to this magnificent building in the center of Paris.
Inaugurated in 1875 and named after its exciting young architect, Charles Garnier, it is the largest opera house in Europe. You will set eyes on the writhing snakes of the bronze “Pythonisse” sculpture, before climbing the double stairway of the “Grand Escalier” (Main Staircase). Imagine the swish of crinolines as you admire the breathtaking décor and stroll through vast foyers, filled with sparkling mosaics, colorful marble columns and gold-leaf flourishes. Everywhere you look will be a feast for the eyes.From October 24 until February 2nd, discover the exhibition Grand Opera, 1828-1867. History Made Spectacular.
By the eve of the 1830 Revolution, grand opera, in gestation from the time of the Consulate, had established itself as the new operatic genre. Employing considerable technical and human resources – a large chorus, ballet and orchestra – it continued in the tradition of the grandiose initiated under Louis XIV. It also moved away from it: from ancient mythology, romantic French opera turned to the historic frescoes of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The France of Louis-Philippe was keen to efface the humiliation of Waterloo and the Treaty of Vienna and discovered a passion for History, its own History. As Ludovic Vitet became the first inspector general of historic monuments and Victor Hugo published Notre Dame de Paris, Robert le Diable and Les Huguenots saw the light of day. The heroes of grand opera were no longer Theseus or Proserpine, but the Duke of Normandy and Marguerite de Valois. Sometimes a quasi-contemporary past invited itself onto the stage: in Gustave III, Auber and Scribe told the story of the assassination of the king of Sweden, which had occurred in 1792, a mere forty years earlier.
The documents brought together in this exhibition testify to the immense enthusiasm aroused by French grand opera. Even if this passion faded a little during the Revolution of 1848, some great masterpieces were still produced under the Second Republic and the Second Empire. But there were upheavals in the offing, and Wagner was to disrupt the festivities with Tannhäuser, performed in Paris in 1861. On 15th August 1867, six months after the partial failure of Don Carlos at Le Peletier, the façade of the Palais Garnier was unveiled. A new era had apparently opened, soon to be disrupted by the Sedan disaster.
What is included?
- Reserved access to visit the Opéra Garnier.
- Access to the current exhibitions (when available).
Good to know
- Please note that the access to the auditorium may be restricted or forbidden due to technical and/or artistic reasons.
- Show your eletronic ticket at the Opera entrance to enjoy your visit.