Opera Garnier Paris

Location: Palais Garnier – Paris – France – http://www.operadeparis.fr

The Opera
The Palais Garnier is a 2,200 seat opera house in Paris, France. A grand landmark designed by Charles Garnier in the Neo-Baroque style, it is regarded as one of the architectural masterpieces of its time. Upon its inauguration in 1875, the opera house was officially named the Académie Nationale de Musique – Théâtre de l’Opéra. It retained this title until 1978 when it was re-named the Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris. After the opera company chose the Opéra Bastille as their principal theatre upon its completion in 1989, the theatre was re-named as the Palais Garnier, though its more official name, the Académie Nationale de Musique, is still sprawled above the columns of its front façade. In spite of the change of names and the Opera company’s relocation to the Opéra Bastille, the Palais Garnier is still known by many people as the Paris Opéra, as have all of the many theatres which have served as the principal venues of the Parisian Opera and Ballet since its founding.

The Project
The Palais Garnier consists of 11,000 square metres (118,404 square feet), seats an audience of roughly 2,200 under a central chandelier which weighs over six tons, and has a huge stage with room to accommodate up to 450 artists. An ornate building, the style is monumental, opulently decorated with elaborate multicolored marble friezes, columns, and lavish statuary, many of which portray the deities from Greek mythology. The interior consists of interweaving corridors, stairwells, alcoves and landings allowing the movement of large numbers of people and space for socializing during intermission. Rich with velvet, gold leaf, and cherubs and nymphs, the interior is characteristic of Baroque sumptuousness. The Palais Garnier’s style is considered Beaux-Arts because it incorporates classical principles (symmetry in design) and exterior ornamentation.

Opera & Classic dance

Construction Year: from 1860 until 1875


The large Staircase


Last major improvements between 1995 – 1996.

ADB control desk installed in 2004.

ADB equipment list


Dimmers for the three venues

•   19 EURODIM 2 cabinets 1P+N with full diagnostic and dual CPU
– 246 * 3 kW,
– 474 * 5 kW,
– 102 * 10 kW,
– 53 fluo modules.
Total of 875 dimmer circuits. -(400 µSec)

•   3 PHOENIX 10 XT 2048 channels
•   1 PHOENIX 5 XT 2048 channels as Back-up


PC & Fresnel, EUROPE Profiles, Cyclorama Lights, SVOBODAS.