Opéra Garnier, Charles Garnier architecture. s a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera.It was the primary home of the Paris Opera and its associated Paris Opera Ballet until 1989. The Paris Opera now mainly uses the Palais Garnier for ballet.
The Palais Garnier is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. Even if you aren't going to see a ballet or an opera, visit the theater itself—you’ll fall in love with the incredible architecture.
Degas - The Orchestra of the Opera, c. 1870, Musee d'Orsay, Paris - This is the Degas that I love. More than any artist, I feel that I see what Degas sees, there for every brush stroke, an unexpected intimacy.