The Recently Renovated Palace Of the Opera: an Emblem Of Safety
The Palace of the Opera in the recent times has undergone dramatic changes especially after renovations. The renovated opera re-opened its doors to public in September 2009. The building forms an essential part of the renowned Palace of Versailles. The Royal Opera serves as an ideal example of royal court and it is one of the extraordinary features of the Versailles estate. The prime features of the Royal Opera include the theoretical arrangements, technical arrangements, architectural work and decorative settings, which are charming, lovely and scenic. Its first season after re-opening was the 2009-2010 season. The opera shut its doors on June 2007 during which the building underwent massive renovations.
Frederic Didier, the Chief Architect of Historical Monuments, commissioned the renovation of the three-story Palace of the Opera building. The renovations purpose was to ensure the building, which was ageing meets the international standards for safety. One of the ideal renovations that changed the style of the building is the elimination of the historical firewall, which had existed since 1950s. The firewall initially was between the stage and the house, and its reason for removal being it was outdated. The firewall layout was no longer ideal as it prevented the utilization of the former foregrounds and restricted the area stage.
The renovations of the Palace of the Opera building however restored the distinctive timber-framed stairs, which surrounded the downstage area to their initial character and purpose for convenience they offered. The other area that saw massive changes is the dressing rooms, which initially were below the stage. The other change was the removal of theatrical machinery originally below the stage and placed in visible location for visitors’ convenient viewing. On the technical grid, new carriers for scenery and lighting were added. The other section of the building renovated is the Northern Wing portion adjacent to Operas courtyard, which now hosts shops, offices and workshops.