Kind of hard to believe that I managed to see so very much in just a day and a half in Paris. After a lovely breakfast with Atsuko again, I made time on my last morning to visit the Opera as it is such an incredibly photogenic building. This time, happily, I was able to see inside the actual theatre space which was closed off for rehearsal the previous time I was here.
The thing that I wasn’t expecting was the relatively modern ceiling painting in the theatre by Marc Chagall. Its bright colours contrasts the gold and red velvet of Louis XIV’s Opera House dramatically and was apparently extremely controversial when unveiled in 1964. It pay tribute to composers Mozart, Wagner, Mussorgsky, Berlioz and Ravel, as well as to famous actors and dancers. I loved it.