Palais Garnier

The craftsmanship of Opéra
Jean-Michel casts his red scarf to the winds atop Palais Garnier Opéra, Paris, France | © Matt Giraud Photography

Paris’ venerable opera house was not made for me. Over the top in almost every facet, it was built to inspire the robber barons and social climbers of its day and say to everyone else: this is a nice thing you cannot have. But focus past what the Palais was meant to say – and at the way it says it – what you find will inspire anyone: the work of hundreds of astonishingly skilled craftspeople and artists. The Palais may not have been built for us, but it was built by us.

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