Sunday, 6 February 2011

L'opéra royal


Mid-January, I had the immense pleasure of going to the Royal Opera inside the Palace. It was planned as early as 1682 but due to lack of funds was only constructed by Jacques-Ange Gabriel towards the end of the reign of Louis XV. It was inaugurated on 16 May 1770, the day of the Dauphin's marriage to Marie-Antoinette. It is entirely made of wood and reopened in late 2009 after extensive restoration.
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Mi-janvier j'ai eu l'immense plaisir de me rendre à l'Opéra Royal, au château. Planifié dès 1682, il ne fut finalement construit par Jacques-Ange Gabriel qu'à la fin du règne de Louis XV. Il fut inauguré le 16 mai 1770, jour du mariage du Dauphin avec Marie-Antoinette. Il est entièrement en bois et a réouvert fin 2009 après de gros travaux de restauration.

27 comments:

andrew1860 said...

I just love the Royal Opera! so much gold and Marie Antoinette!!!

Jacob said...

Stunning. Beautiful photos. I'll be acoustics are amazing, too.

But you knew I would ask this: Which opera did you see?

Very interesting history, also.

Jacob said...

What are you doing up in the middle of the night?

Jacob said...

That's good! Wouldn't want you to all tired and cranky in the morning! ;-)

Sleep well!

Woody said...

Wow! WOW! It's amazing!

I'm not a fan of Opera. Could I be excused and take photographs? :-)

bfarr said...

That's beautiful. I am sure attending was a wonderful experience.

Petrea said...

C'est magnifique!

T. Becque said...

That had to be wonderful. It's gorgeous.

Small City Scenes said...

Stunning!!! What beauty! MB

Randy said...

Wow that is so beautiful. I would want to spend a good amount of time walking around and taking it all in.

Dave said...

So ornate.

VP said...

Almost intimidating, a wonderful opera house, but I like it more as it sounds in French: Opéra Royal!
Any more photos?

Cezar and Léia said...

Breathtaking!
A place that to visit,thanks for sharing so wonderful view from there!
bises
Léia

Abraham Lincoln said...

Very beautiful place to see an opera.

brattcat said...

Magnificent.

Malyss said...

EN BOIS?!!! je n'arrive pas à y croire! quelle merveille!Se dire que Marie-Antoinette a marché au même endroit...ça donne des frissons!

llandudnopictures said...

Wonderful chandeliers! A fantastic place to see an opera.

Regina K said...

Such beauty. How wonderful to live with such history and great architecture.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Magnificent opera house and in wood? How ever do they continue now to maintain it? What a beautiful setting to hear a great opera... so, which one did you hear?

Bises,
G

Sharon said...

Simply gorgeous.

Francisca said...

Sigh. I missed a wonderful concert in our town last night, and now you show me this... Waaaa.... Gorgeous.

Birdman said...

A very interesting post and image. Lights up!

Diane said...

So very opulent and typical of Veraille - so beautiful. PS You have inspired me to do a post which I will be revealing later in the week! xx

SRQ said...

Gorgeous! Lucky you -- hope you had a great time.

Becky said...

Wow! That is breathtaking.

Alain Alexandre said...

somptueux cette opéra ; en bois dois avoir une belle harmonie de musique .

Luzia said...

Was für ein prächtiges Opernhaus! Wie muß erst die Akustik dort sein?
Liebe Grüße von Luzia.