4 days ago
The theatre is incredible. Beautiful architecture. Definitely worth seeing. We paid extra for nice seats that were not cheap. I got stuck behind a guy with a big head. Spent the whole time leaning to the right to see the performance. Our seats were in the first balcony straight in front of the stage 3rd row. Looking down towards the stage with a big person in front doesn't work. Performance was very good. 5 stars if I could have seen the stage.
21 days ago
Stunning is the only word that comes to mind! The architecture and style will simply blow your mind, not to mention how immaculately preserved it is. The Opera house is still functional so maybe that helps in its upkeep and maintenance. The main staircase is art itself. Every corner of this magical place is a sight to behold. Definitely a must visit. We didn't have enough time or we would have certainly bought tickets for one of the shows. Check it out. You won't be disappointed.
2 days ago
The opulence of the Palais Garnier cannot be understated! The architecture and interior design is so incredible. The rotunda where the architect hid his name and the years of construction is very beautiful and cleverly hidden.
We did not see a performance but purchased a guided tour and we were lucky to see the inside of the theatre (these guided tours do not guarantee entry into the theatre). This is in my top 3 places in our París vacation.
4 months ago
We spent two weeks traveling through Europe and visiting all kinds of sites -- both modern and historical -- and Palais Garnier (the Paris Opera House) was our favorite. If you visit here, definitely sign up for a guided tour! The tour includes the orchestra section of the auditorium; you sir in the front orchestra while the tour guide speaks of that part of the tour. In contrast, if you do the self-guided tour, you can see the auditorium only from the Box level (two viewing boxes on either side of the auditorium, and the boxes are very crowded). If you do a self-guided tour, then get the audio headsets that help provide the history of the building and the individual rooms and their contents.
a month ago
We went to the opening night of the Balanchine/Teshagawa ballet here and it was a great show. It is a very intimate arena compare to Lincoln Center in NYC. I would definitely sit in the loge areas and bring binoculars. The place is majestic.