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Art Talk @ The Mac: Opera Garnier (Dallas)

When: Wednesday, June 4 from 6:30-8:00 PM
Where: The MAC, Protected content Ave. Protected content
Who: Céline Glon with Alliance Francaise du Nord du Texas
Admission: $5 AF Members, Teachers, Students
$15 Geneal Admission

Symposium: Genius of the Paris Opera,
Architect Charles Garnier
Conférence: Opera Garnier By Céline Glon
(in English)
NOTE: A complimentary glass of wine will be served at the conclusion of the symposium.

The Opera Garnier was built from Protected content architect Charles Garnier. He was 35 when he was awarded with the design of the new Opera House and this construction would prove to be a very difficult undertaking. The genius of Charles Garnier was his determination to make this palace a huge theater of magnificent scale where everyone becomes an actor. Also, he set up a very ingenious plan informing us of the French 19th century social hierarchy which was necessary to observe at the time. He has displayed his talent, not hesitating to employ all the modern architectural techniques. Thus, his design opened up a new world of possibilities.

The Palais Garnier was designed as part of the great Parisian reconstruction of the Second French Empire instigated by Emperor Napoleon III. Napoleon chose the civic planner Baron Haussmann who drastically transformed the old Medieval Paris into a city with wide boulevards, an array of cafés and shops which established a profound influence on the everyday lives of Parisians.

Last but not least, enjoy a tour such as Gaston Leroux and explore the outer parts including the cellar that was used as a torture chamber or the basement which gave him underground access to the lake and many hidden passages and who knows you might see the Phantom of the Opera!


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