If you go for ballet, here is a promising meeting between a 18eth century opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck and nowadays choreographer Pina Bausch on “Orpheus and Eurydice”.
“Palais Garnier”, named after Charles Garnier, the architect who designed it, is the utmost representation of French “second empire” style. Unfortunately, it’s been scaffolded for months for renovation, so I have to borrow an archive picture of it. When renovation will be over, you’ll get a beautiful view on it from the “guichets du Louvre”, at the end of avenue de l’Opéra, made on the authority of baron Haussmann, who fastened the “new Paris” in late 19th century.
But meanwhile, all shows go on, and the inside is worth visiting. Looking at the main staircase and the stage, you already feel in the mood for Italian 19th century’s operas.
In 1964, André Malraux asked Marc Chagall to paint the fresco on the main room’s ceiling, which gave the place a fresher and lighter touch.
You can plan to visit either Palais Garnier or Opéra Bastille, or start with a virtual tour on : http://visites.opera-de-paris.com/intro.asp
Palais Garnier, 8 rue Scribe 75009 Paris, metro Opéra, tel 33(0)8 92 90 90.
“Orphée et Eurydice”, February 4 to 8 :19.30, 10 (14.30), 11 to 16 : 19.30, 17(14.30) and 18, 19 : 19.30. Tickets from 7 up to 160 euros.
More information on programs and reservation on : http://www.operadeparis.fr/