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In Paris... Front-of-house glamour, behind-the-scenes mystery

May 4, 2012 12:49:00 PM
By BLO Staff

Grand foyer at the Palais Garnier.
Opéra national de Paris/ Delagarde/Moatti.

From The Wall Street Journal today, a quite fascinating glimpse backstage at one of the ultimate expressions of
front-of-opera-house glamor and behind-the-scenes hidden mysteries and
technical wonders... and some very enticing photographs. Read the full article by Lennox Morrison.

I'm thinking of
posting on this blog (probably starting sometime this summer) a series
of (mainly photographic) "visits" to various unique opera houses (startlingly
new and richly old) around the world, so maybe this entry acts as a good
introduction and beginning. Boston, of course, has its own quite distinguished
operatic venues (the ones we've left standing)... the Opera House with its
almost Parisian take on the extravagant  glories and delirious excesses
associated with opera at it's grandest and our own more intimate Schubert Theater... granted somewhat more restrained and classically chaste in its
approach, but still  deliciously elegant with its smooth manipulation of the
white and gold, red velvet and cut crystal traditions of the operatic
interior.

- John Conklin, BLO Artistic Advisor

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