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  • Opéra de Paris. The story is first-hand.

    The Paris Opera. The Garnier Palace.
    Grand Opera. National Academy of Music.
    So many names and one building.


    AuthorVictor NAVLET (1819-1886)
    Date: 1880
    Location: Musée d'Orsay (Paris)

    To Paris, friends! Where and you,
    Now brings my story!

    The century of the nineteenth was in progress!
    In those days theaters were in vogue,
    And a stormy life since morning
    There was a new hall Grand Opera
    (Luxurious, magnificent, like a palace, -
    Arts and architecture crown!)
    Under the noise of erection of scenery
    Scattered scene bustle,
    The play of acting declamations
    And the props are simple;
    Obedient to the wand maestro
    The sounds of voices
    Basov, soprano, tenors,
    With the many-voiced orchestra, -
    The Choirmaster strictly observed
    He gave instructions;
    As a dandy, a choreographer
    On the stage with the troupe fluttered,
    And the guardian of the order, the police chief,
    He walked in rows and yawned.


    Author: Eugène Charles François GUÉRARD (1821-1866)
    Location: Musée Carnavalet (Paris

    In intermissions, between rehearsals,
    In public restrooms, dancers
    Before the mirrors flaunted,
    They swore, sang (as they could),
    Pouring secretly indulged
    And again hurried to the lesson.
    Premieres, more prima donnas,
    Not bothering over need,
    They were only for purlins,
    And they were not friendly with the troupe;
    On the scene languidly floating out
    On all looking from high,
    They seemed to take roles
    (As they say) from the ceiling.


    Author: Béraud Jean (1849-1936)
    Date: 1889
    Location: Paris, musée Carnavalet.


    Author: DEGAS Edgar
    Date: 1872
    Location: Paris; Musée d'Orsay.



    Author: Edgar DEGAS (1834-1917)
    Location: Musée d'Orsay (Paris)



    Author: Edgar DEGAS (1834-1917)
    Date: 1873-76.
    Location: Musée d'Orsay (Paris)



    Author: Edgar DEGAS (1834-1917)
    Date: 1876-1877.
    Location: Musée du Louvre (Paris)



    Author: Edgar DEGAS (1834-1917)
    Date: 1876-1877.
    Location: Musée du Louvre (Paris)

    Over a scene the life boiled:
    Level with the artists in the morning
    The workers took up their work, -
    In his art of the master;
    They changed pads, backstage,
    Vzmyvaya up to the grate;
    Walking along the narrow bridge
    We strengthened the backs; Cornices,
    Winches, blocks were checked;
    The counterweights were fixed,
    We lowered from papier-mache
    In the space of the scene, chandaliers;
    In satin, velvet drapes
    They rallied the hall, and already
    By noon the theater was ready
    Adopt the art of connoisseurs.


    Vladimir Kush Keys



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