Place de la Comédie
Concerts & Operas
Inaugurated on April 7, 1780, the Grand-Théâtre de Bordeaux writes its history to the rhythm of the events that punctuate its existence. Victor Louis is the architect of the building, renowned today as one of the most beautiful theaters in the world. The exceptional acoustics due to the wooden carcass that envelops it adds to the aesthetic value of the work.
On its facade, 12 Corinthian columns. At their peak, 9 muses and 3 goddesses of ancient mythology, imagined by Pierre Berruer, set the horizon.
Almost a century later, the grand staircase will inspire Charles Garnier for the design of that of the Paris Opera.
The task of decorating the dome of the performance hall was entrusted to Jean-Baptiste Robin. The theme chosen by the artist, “Apollo and the muses approve the dedication of a temple erected by the city of Bordeaux”, is a triple tribute, both allegorical and realistic, to the arts, to the craftsmen who built the theater and to the city of Bordeaux.
It was in 1917 that the current chandelier was installed. Weighing 1.2 tonnes, it is made of Bohemian crystals and has 400 lamps.
The most famous artists come to play in this architectural masterpiece: Liszt, Cinti-Damoreau, Falcon, Viardot, Talma, Nourrit, Duprez, Rubini, Petipa, Chaliapine, Schipa, or, more recently, Placido Domingo, Gustav Lehonardt , Natalie Dessay, Cecilia Bartoli, Carolyn Carslon … – always come to seduce the Bordeaux public.
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