The Phantom & Garnier Opera House

Lyric by Andrew Lloyd Webber

“In sleep he sang to me,
In dreams he came…
that voice which calls to me
and speaks my name…

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And do I dream again?
For now I find
the Phantom of the Opera
is there- inside my mind…

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Sing once again with me
our strange duet…
My power over you
grows stronger yet..

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And though you turn from me,
to glance behind,
the Phantom of the Opera
is there- inside your mind…

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Those who have seen your face
draw back in fear…
I am the mask you wear…

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Practicing for a show.

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Marc Chagall painting and auditorium chandelier.

It’s me they hear…

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the Phantom of the Opera
is there- inside your mind…

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the Phantom of the Opera
is there- inside my mind..

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He’s there,
the Phantom on the Opera…
Beware the Phantom of the Opera…

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In all your fantasies,
you always knew
that man and mystery…

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…were both in you…

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And in this labyrinth
where night is blind,
the Phantom of the Opera
is there – here
inside your – my mind…

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Sing, my Angel of Music!

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He’s there
the Phantom of the Opera”

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The Phantom of the Opera is one of our favorite shows. We’ve seen it twice. I was very annoyed that I was only able to get second row mezzanine seats and I went 6 months in advance. It was my first Christmas gift to Victor. In one of our early conversations in getting to know each other he told me that he always wanted to see it since he listened to the soundtrack his brother had.

Palais Garnier is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. According to wiki that has to do with Gaston Leroux’s novel The Phantom of the Opera. We were very happy to set foot here. Unfortunately, we missed the guided tour which we will do next time.

The legend of the underground lake inspired Leroux to include it in his novel. The underground lake is really a vault designed to contain water due to the groundwater level being unexpectedly high. The architect Charles Garnier tried pumping it out but it wouldn’t go dry. You can read more about it on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palais_Garnier

It is now mainly used for ballet but it will forever be the home of the Phantom.

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3 thoughts on “The Phantom & Garnier Opera House

  1. special thanks for this one. Though I stayed near opera Garnier, I could not make it last time. Only glanced it from outside. Next time in Paris, I am definitely gonna go inside.

    1. Take the guided tour! We missed it. We will take the guided tour next time. In the last pic. You can see people on the roof. We are guessing that’s part of the tour. So beautiful. Being huge Phantom fans extra bonus.

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