Having been to the Opera Garnier two days previously we visited the diametrically opposite building experience of The Bastille. We had good seats at the front of Gallery One but whilst adequate the legroom was not particularly good for a recently built Opera House. The stalls and stage seem a long way below and in front and it takes time to tune into the lack of intimacy. The production of Werther we saw suffered from this lack in the first two acts but strangely when the final act arrived and it was staged in a very small central set the magic was there. Having said that, the music was excellent and the soloists all on form. Returning to the Opera House itself it is easy to reach as it is directly next to the Metro station. The Sunday afternoon performance we attended could have benefitted from additional front of house staff as there were many people having difficulty finding there seats. On arrival and on presenting our tickets we were directed to the wrong level on two occasions and this needs to be addressed.
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