The Opera Garnier

During the Second Empire Napoleon III, Emperor of the French undertook one of the largest urban transformations that developed Paris into a new modern city after the Industrial Revolution. One of his major projects was the construction of a new Opera House whose style reflected the opulence of the Second Empire.

The young architect Charles Garnier had the difficult task to lead the construction that took fifteen years before the inauguration in 1873. This lecture will provide a highly detailed portrait of not only Napoleon III, but also a glimpse of Eugenie Montijo, his beautiful wife who is often compared to Marie Antoinette as a woman who played a major role in society and French fashion.