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The Grand Staircase, Paris Opera

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During his 4-year stay in Paris, RT visited the Opera only once: the last night he was in Paris. He still carries a powerful  memory of walking up the Grand Staircase on his way to see an opera he can no longer remember–it was in Italian, and the program notes were of course in a complex French. On the other hand, there was the magnificent, voluptuous beauty of the building itself.

He can’t say that the experience changed his life exactly, but it is certainly one of the most powerful arguments RT can think of on behalf of public art and beauty. Beauty is not a possession of the rich, but rather belongs to everyone that responds to it. More importantly, it ennobles those who experience it–having been given the gift, most seek, in some way, to share it.

Paris didn’t make RT a poet; on the other hand, it didn’t hurt either. The Great City has left him with a desire to help people experience and create beauty.



Photograph: Palais Garnier, Le Grande Escalier. Author: Mrlopez2681. WikiCmns; Public Domain.



  1. June 27, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    who could not be inspired by such majestic stairs?

  2. June 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    ld: i can still see the whie marble gleaming…a palace of the people, in the best sense of the term… RT

  1. July 3, 2013 at 8:51 am

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