Opéra Garnier

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The Palais Garnier am­phithe­ater, of­ten called the Opéra Garnier, is a vast, stun­ningly dec­o­rated au­di­to­rium. With its horse­shoe-shaped seat­ing ar­range­ment, it can ac­com­mo­date up to 1,979 guests at a time. The am­phithe­ater’s stage, ac­cord­ing to Wikipedia, is the “largest in Europe and can ac­com­mo­date as many as 450 artists.”

The pop­u­lar­ity of this opera house is said to ri­val that of Paris’s most vis­ited tourist at­trac­tions: the Lou­vre Mu­seum, the Notre Dame Cathe­dral, the Sacre Coeur Basil­ica. Such pop­u­lar­ity was partly be­cause this opera house was used as the set­ting for The Phan­tom of the Opera, the 1910 novel by Gas­ton Ler­oux on which An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s pop­u­lar mu­si­cal of the same ti­tle was based.

With its im­pres­sive decor, the am­phithe­ater be­came the back­ground of choice for some of Vicki’s guests. Pho­tos on the op­po­site page show (L-R), Ko­rina Sanchez, Ben Chan and Jin­kee Pac­quiao, and Jodi Sta. Maria.

Jodi, who went to Paris only for the wed­ding and took a flight home the next day, chose to have her photo taken on the steps of the am­phithe­ater’s Grand Stair­way.

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