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Backstage at the Palais Garnier

  • 31.03.2017

As part of the Avant-Premières preview programme for under-28-year-olds, offered by the Opera national de Paris with the support of the BNP Paribas Foundation, take an exceptional guided tour of the Palais Garnier.

A special visit

Accompanied by a guide speaker, young visitors had the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive visit of this historic venue: from the Grand Escalier staircase leading to the auditorium, to the Foyer de la Danse backstage salon, passing by the stage. Both stage left and stage right, the young visitors had the chance to discover Palais Garnier’s architectural wealth. A memorable experience enjoyed by all and for whom some were newcomers to the Opera scene.

“ Charles Garnier’s intention is to make you ascend three levels of stairs before gaining access to a world of dreams ”

Jean-Jacques Serres

Speaker for the Opera national de Paris


Exclusive tour for young people under 28 at Palais Garnier!

Palais Garnier, a brief history.

Built by Charles Garnier and inaugurated in 1875, the Palais Garnier is the thirteenth theater to host the Royal Academy of Music since its creation by Louis XIV in 1669. An architectural masterpiece, Palais Garnier houses a prestigious auditorium and numerous public areas (Grand Foyer, Rotonde des Abonnés and other salons), a library-museum and several rehearsal studios and workshops. Its facade adorned with sculptures is an invitation to celebrate the arts of poetry, music, dance and opera.  

The Italian-style auditorium, with its ceiling painted by Marc Chagall in 1964, can host 2,054 spectators. The building has been listed as a historical monument since 1923. 

Stéphane Lissner since 2014, Palais Garnier welcomes more than 500,000 visitors each year. 


© Brodbeck et de Barbuat / OnP

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