- If there is one opera house that bears witness to the theatrical past of its town, then it is the Opera House of Lyons. This opera house was built between 1756 and 1832 to cater to the growing popularity of opera in Lyons at the end of the 18th century. The style is neo-classical, which was typical of the time, with a peristyle on the ground floor and décor you would expect in a Greco-Roman temple with its chimera and muses. Following a competition set up by the Council of Lyons, the Opera House was renovated by the architect Jean Nouvel who retained its original structure and the four outer façades whilst giving it a modern face lift. It now accommodates a corps de ballet, an orchestra as well as many rehearsal rooms, storage areas for costumes and props. The main hall has been decorated using various black and red materials such as granite and wood and uses a soft lighting system which is particularly effective at nightfall when combi ned with the outside lights. Apart from opera performances, audiences will definitely enjoy the impressive line-up pf dance shows, cultural events and concerts they feature eevry year. Check website for details.
- © wcities.com 2013