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The building site of the century
1. On 6 October 1600, the first opera...
2. The architectural contest...
3. The architect, Charles Garnier...
4. The extraordinary foundations below the stage...
5. From start to finish, the whole project...
6. The colleagues of Garnier...
7. A vast urbanisation programme...
8. The grand opening on 5 January 1875...

The ‘New Opéra’
9. Garnier decided on the broad outline of the building...
10. Each side of the opera has a distinct function...
11. The main façade dominates the place de l’Opéra...
12. A group of four sculptures adorns the parvis...
13. The domed roofs...
14. The Members’ Rotunda...
15. The great staircase, this "monument within a monument"...
16. The ceiling of the great staircase...
17. The Ante Hall, through which all spectators must pass...
18. The Great Hall, a sumptuous gallery...
19. The ceiling of the Great Hall, the work of Baudry...
20. The auditorium follows the italian tradition...
21. The height of the main light...
22. For the ceiling of the auditorium, Garnier chose Lenepveu...
23. A new ceiling in 1964, the work of Chagall...
24. The stage house is 60 metres high...
25. The architecture of the Dance Hall...
26. The Ice Rotunda, the Opera buffet-room...
27. In the beginning, the Opera was lit by gas...

Behind the scenes
28. In 1875, the Opera was a private company, subsidized...
29. The scene shop...
30. Lavish scenery and spectacular extravaganzas...
31. When the gods descend from the heavens...
32. The costume workshops...
33. Composers and librettists...
34. Art, should it not rise above national conflicts...
35. The voice is produced in the larynx...
36. The first female singers...
37. The five basic positions of classical dance....
38. The Paris Opera Ballet School...
39. The great dancers at the Opéra de Paris...

An evening at the Opera
40. in 1875, the cheapest ticket...
41. The claque...
42. From the ‘alley of sighs’ to the rendezvous of love...
43. Balls and gala evenings..."
44. The Phantom of the Opéra...
45. From the Palais Garnier to the Opéra Bastille...
46. Building game.

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