The ceiling area, which surrounds the chandelier, contains a new 1964 painting by Marc Chagall which was installed on a removable frame over the original and depicts scenes from operas by 14 composers – Moussorgsky, Mozart, Wagner, Berlioz, Rameau, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Adam, Bizet, Verdi, Beethoven, and Gluck. Although praised by some, others feel Chagall’s work creates “a false note in Garnier’s carefully orchestrated interior.”
When I briefly lived in Paris, I joined their hiking club for Canadian ex-patriots. I never actually went though, because I couldn’t afford hiking boots or the train tickets you had to buy to get out to the “mountains” and “forests”. I was homesick.