Paris Opera Quiz

Just for fun, test yourself on your knowledge of the Paris Opera Garnier...

1. The Paris Opera Garnier has 1900 seatsA. trueB. false

2. The crystal chandelier weighsA. 4 tonsB. 8 tonsC. 10 tons

3. The Opera Garnier is the...A. 1stB. 10thC. 13th...opera house in Paris

4. The Opera Garnier was constructed under which leaderA. Napoléon IIIB. Louis XIVC. Napoléon 1er

5. Charles Garnier, whose name is still attached to the building was the architect who won the contest to design the opera. He wasA. 55 years oldB. 40 years oldC. 35 years old

6. The French opera and ballet were founded in 1669 by Louis XIVA. TrueB. False

7. The Grand staircase is made ofA. alabasterB. several kinds of marbleC. granite

8. The Opera Garnier offers guided tours daily.A. TrueB. False

9. The other Opera in Paris is called the Opéra Bastille. In what year was it built?

A. 1989

B. 1969

10.  The official name of the Paris O…

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New albums : Melody Gardot & Thomas Dutronc

Melody Gardot will be releasing a new album on October 23rd : "Sunset in the Blue" and has also just released a new song  called "Little Something" with Sting! A lovely pop/electro duet... a different style for Melody! For those who don't know her yet, Melody Gardot is an American jazz singer who has been influenced by blues and jazz artists such as Judy Garland, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Stan Getz and George Gershwin as well as Latin music artists such as Caetano Veloso. She has also been nominated for a Grammy Award!

She was in other musical the headlines recently. She wanted to send a strong message that art and love will always break through, even during hard times. She decided to put together a collaborative video clip that featured submissions from musicians all over the world to create a new piece of music called “From Paris with Love”. Created in isolation and made with love, this proj…

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Atelier des Lumières Journeys Around the Mediterranean

Immersive is the right word.

You are immersed in a very dark room and must let your vision adjust then you begin to see light, hear sound and things move. You are surrounded by Monet, Renoir, Chagall, Dufy. By the Mediterranean. You are immersed in the sea of light. Then you hear Ella Fitzgerald sing “Summertime” and you resurface to sing and even dance. You are immersed in what is going on around you. You don't want to leave.

‘Monet, Renoir, and Chagall: Journeys Around the Mediterranean’© Culturespaces/Nuit de Chine Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Le Lavandou (detail), 1894, oil on canvas, private collection; Claude Monet: Woman With Umbrella Turned Towards the Right (detail), 1886, oil on canvas, 131 x 88 cm, Musée d’Orsay, Paris; Antibes (detail), 1888, oil on canvas, 65.5 x 92,4 cm, Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London; Palm Trees at Bordighera (detail), circa 1884, oil on canvas, 61.3 x 74 cm, private collection, Photo © Lefevre Fine Art Ltd.,…
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THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN – 80th anniversary MEMORIAL CONCERT this fall

The Battle of Britain was a decisive battle during the Second World War, which unfolded in the sky over Britain between July 10 and October 31, 1940. If the battle had been lost, Britain would almost certainly have been invaded by Nazi Germany and the history of France and the whole of Europe would have been changed!

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

Winston Churchill

The Battle of Britain was not exclusively fought by the British. Nine American citizens and around a hundred Canadian pilots, as well as other nationalities, also fought in the Battle of Britain. The best known of the US pilots who fought was Pilot Officer William 'Billy' Fiske, a Cambridge graduate and a member of the US Winter Olympic bobsleigh teams of 1928 and 1932. Fiske joined 601 Squadron based at Tangmere in July 1940.

"Wings Appeal" supports the memory of missing airmen through participation in remembrance ceremonies organiz…

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Le Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (History and Program)

Have you ever heard of The Théatre des Champs-Elysées ? Despite the name, it is not on Les Champs-Elysées but not far at all, Avenue Montaigne. I must say that I did not know much about the place (despite being a Parisian !) and I was so pleasantly surprised when I visited it. It is a hidden gem with a rich history and a fantastic program.

The Théâtre des Champs-Elysées opened in 1913. It was constructed by those who contributing to his financing. Later, Ganna Walska, a rich American, financed the theatre for decades. The building is remarkable for having been designed by a group of very well-known artists : architects Henry Van de Velde, Auguste Perret; the painter and sculptor Antoine Bourdelle; the painter Maurice Denis, and the crystal maker René Lalique amongst others. It was the first building to be made entirely out of reinforced concrete. The Théâtre is a jewel of 20th century French architecture and it wa…

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Laughter in France

Laughter is the best medicine. Reflections on laughter in France, the land of La Vache qui rit!

Première-affiche-par-B.Rabier,-1924,-Maison-de-la-Vache-qui-Rit.-©-MVQR The city of Bordeaux seems to be the center of laughter in France

One might say Bordeaux likes to laugh more than elsewhere in France. The city is host to the Festival Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux 14-21 March 2020 http://lesfousriresdebordeaux.fr/ and just concluded the exhibition "Rire!" at their science and nature Muséum. But Bordeaux doesn't own the market there are many other spots are also holding festivals in 2020, for some funny reason most are in March!

Festival d'Humour de Paris 14-24 March https://festivaldhumourdeparis.com/ Le Printemps du Rire in Toulouse 6 March - 5 April https://leprintempsdurire.com/ 36ème Festival Mont-Blanc d'Humour 23-26 March https://www.saintgervais.com/fete-et-manifestation/36eme-festival-mont-blanc-dhumour-saint-gervais-les-bains Les Vendanges …
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The Sky’s the limit (Plus haut que le ciel)

The Eiffel Tower's story in a play! Photo: (c) Bernard Richebé

Paris, 1884. Gustave Eiffel is bored. He may be one of the greatest engineers of his time, but his creative impulses are running out of steam. The up and coming and brilliant Adolphe Salles joins the company. Mr. Salles has a simple plan for the Eiffel company: less risk-taking and more profitability. He therefore refuses the delusional and costly project brought to him by Nouguier and Koechlin, two passionate engineers who want to build the tallest monument in the world. But Claire Eiffel, one of Eiffel's five children, dreams of seeing her father take on new great architectural adventures. She believes this strange looking tower, this so-called “idea of ​​the century”, is precisely the opportunity to re-prove his skills and in the process get out of a planned marriage to Salles. But this extraordinary tower has its own will! The site quickly becomes an uncontrollable whirlwind of confrontations, p…

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The International Players presents “Season’s Greetings”

The International Players return to Le Quai 3 in Le Pecq this January with the black comedy Season’s Greetings, a classic from the celebrated English playwright Alan Ayckbourn.

Reservations: www.internationalplayers.org or 07 81 02 78 14

The action takes place in 1978, in a leafy English suburb, at the home of Belinda and Neville Bunker, a middle-class couple who have invited family members and a young couple to spend Christmas with them. Belinda has done her utmost to make the festivities a success, but the Christmas magic doesn't always work when the guests don't all get on with each other and find themselves in a confined space for three days.

Belinda's sister has also invited Clive Morris, a charismatic young writer and his arrival upsets what is already a very delicately-balanced atmosphere. As the spirit of Christmas takes more and more turns for the worse, tensions mount – as does the comedy. There is a painfully chaotic and s…

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The Sound of Charlie Chaplin – Philharmonie Paris

Quick! The Sound of Charlie Chaplin Exhibition ends January 26, 2020

The Sound of Charlie Chaplin exhibition is an invitation to rediscover the work of the master of silent film from a musical vantage point, shining the spotlight on the close relation to dance, rhythm and the illusion of speech and sound, all rigorously “orchestrated” in each of Chapin’s works.

Confronting Chaplin's cinematographic art with numerous works, machines, scores and manuscripts, this exhibition restores all the "eloquence" of his genius, whose influence extends from the avant-garde to popular culture. Examining everything in his work that makes "noise" and "speaks" to the eyes as well as to the ear, the exhibition shows how much the search for sound and musical expression catalyzes his entire imagination.

The Sound of Charlie Chaplin exhibition extends the (often limited) field of music to other objects, such as noise, gesture and rhythm. Resolutely, Tramp's sil…

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Oh My God She’s Parisian ! 5 pairs of tickets to win

Oh My God She's Parisian !' is the only "one-woman show" 100% in English in Paris. See below to win tickets.What can motivate a former Parisian lawyer to change her profession and embark on a career that is so far from her initial background? 

After resigning Julie decided to take the stage and write a show about Paris. There was no show in Paris that talked about the real life of Parisians without going into the clichés about the city that everyone already knows... Because she previously lived in London, Chicago and New-York she has decided to do it in English so that non French-speaking people could enjoy it.

Julie's show is a great combination of stand-up, theatre, singing, mime and improvisation with the spectators. Besides, the show doesn't hesitate to address the latest news of the moment in France and Paris (what a funny testimony to the former President Chirac recently!). Julie will take you through a typical day in the li…

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