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Cultural Cocktail Hour in Paris: Backstage at Palais Garnier, the Paris Opera, Part II

Backstage at Palais Garnier, the Paris Opera Part Two by Leticia Marie Sanchez All Photography and text © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Charles Garnier declared, “I have two shows in my opera; one on the stage and one in the theater.” The most prestigious box, that of the emperor, was monitored by bodyguards. Nobles and industrialists had private boxes equipped with a curtain that came in handy for playing cards, ordering food, and engaging in amorous intrigue. On the ground floors stood working professionals, writers, and composers. Ladies were not allowed on the ground floor due to the tight conditions and bumping which resulted in occasional fisticuffs. Only prostitutes stood here as very few ladies in the nineteenth century worked as writers or composers. The very high chicken box nosebleed seats were called Paradise: one was close to heaven but could see nothing.  

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Cultural Cocktail Hour reports from Paris: Garnier and the Paris Opera

A brief history of Le Palais Garnier: Persona Non Grata and the Opera Bombs By Leticia Marie Sanchez All Paris Photography and Text © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Persona Non Grata On the exuberant opening night at Le Palais Garnier, the Paris opera, one person was not on the guest list: Charles Garnier, the opera’s architect. In order to attend the inauguration ceremony with his wife, the landmark’s architect had to pay one hundred and twenty francs out of his own pocket. Persona Non Grata. Persona Non Gratis. Garnier’s status had changed from revered architect to social pariah due to the shift in Paris’s political landscape. Garnier had been selected during a competition in 1861 under the reign of Napoleon III. The opening ceremony took place fourteen years later, under a vastly different regime. The government of the Third Republic had an

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Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, 2012: April showers bring May flowers

Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, Spring 2012 by Leticia Marie Sanchez All Photography and text © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Tempests at the Tuileries, Paris, 2012

Tempest at the Tuilieries by Leticia Marie Sanchez All Photography and text © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Cultural Cocktail Hour in Paris: Nocturnal Louvre

Nocturnal Louvre by Leticia Marie Sanchez All Photography and text © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez    

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Cultural Cocktail Hour and the European arts scene- will be away in Europe this May

  Cultural Cocktail Hour will be in Paris and Venice this month, reporting on the European arts scene. Please check back on this site in June for reviews and photography! In the meantime, please take the time to explore the different existing categories on Cultural Cocktail Hour, including my favorite, “Artistic Anecdotes” Happy Spring,  everyone! Leticia Marie Sanchez Editor-in-Chief Cultural Cocktail Hour p.s. this month is Opera Month in Los Angeles- please enjoy one of the many opera offerings (see below)            

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May is Opera Month in LA

May is Opera Month in Los Angeles From the traditional to the avant-garde The operas playing in Southern California include: LA Opera’s Herb Ross production of La Bohème opening May 12 starring Stephen Costello and Ailyn Perez Conducted by Patrick Summers LA Opera. 135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 972-8001 For full schedule, please visit http://www.laopera.com The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the first part of the epic three-year Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogy May 18 to 26 Walt Disney Concert Hall. Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel Starring baritone Mariusz Kwiecien Costumes by Rodarte designers Kate & Laura Mulleavy Stage design by Walt Disney Concert Hall architect Frank Gehry. 111 South Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012. 323.850.2000 www.LAPhil.com The Long Beach Opera presents West coast premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar with libretto by David Henry Hwang. May 19

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Backstage at LA Opera: the scene behind the scene….

Backstage at LA Opera: Sneak Preview of La Bohème By Leticia Marie Sanchez All text and photography ©2012   Life Imitates Art, and art imitates life in LA Opera’s upcoming production of La Bohème. In Puccini’s opera about bohemian Paris, the two young lovers, Rodolfo and Mimi, will be played by real life married couple Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez.The operatic duo began dating in 2005 after they starred together in a production of, you guessed it, La Bohème. Pérez, a recent winner of the Richard Tucker Award, reflected on the moment when she first saw Costello as the leading man of her heart: “The moon was out, and I saw him, and I thought, I don’t know where he’s been.”   Costello and Pérez met at as students at the Academy of Vocal Arts.Costello emphatically pointed to the music

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Cultural Picks- the best of ballet in LA this April

Mikhail Baryshnikov!  The choreographer from Black Swan! This week, LA gets a double-dose of ballet Enjoy this week’s Cultural Cocktail Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève April 13-15 Dorothy Chandler Pavillion North American premieres of Les Sylphides, Le Spectre de la Rose as well as Amoveo, Choreographed by Benjamin Millepied, former New York City Ballet principal dancer and choreographer of the award winning film Black Swan. 135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 972-0711 http://www.musiccenter.org   In Paris April 11-21 Adapted from Ivan Bunin Directed by Dmitry Krymov Performers Mikhail Baryshnikov and Anna Sinyakina with Maxim Maminov, Maria Gulik and ensemble. The Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center. 1310 11th Street  Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 434-3200 http://thebroadstage.com/

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Cultural Picks LA: April 7-8

Herb Ritts: L.A. Style April 3-Aug 26 Getty Center. West Pavillion 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 http://www.getty.edu/       Cellist John Walz & Pianist Robert Thies—Free Concert Sun, April 8th 6 pm Brahms: Sonata in F major; Debussy: Sonata for Cello & Piano. Bing Theater. No reservations needed. LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036 323 857-6000 http://www.lacma.org        

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