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Did you know that “the bolero of Ravel” was a huge success from the beginning on. The premiere was on November 22, 1928 at the Paris Opera. Ravel himself found the musical piece meaningless, but the piece is known as one of his masterpieces.
The Palais Garnier (pronounced: [palɛ ɡaʁnje]; English: Garnier Palace) is a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. It was originally called the Salle des Capucines because of its location on the Boulevard des Capucines in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, but soon became known as the Palais Garnier in recognition of its opulence and its architect, Charles Garnier. The theatre was also often referred to as the Opéra Garnier, the Opéra de Paris or simply the Opéra. It was the primary home of the Paris Opera and its associated Paris Opera Ballet until 1989, when a new 2,700-seat house, the Opéra Bastille, with elaborate facilities for set and production changes, opened at the Place de la Bastille. The Paris Opera now mainly uses the Palais Garnier for ballet.
It is claimed that a strange misshapen creature was haunting the underground corridors of the Opera Garnier. The novel of Gaston Leroux “The Phantom of the Opera” is based on this story.
Did you know that the painter Marc Chagall painted the ceiling of the Opera Garnier.