May 2, 2009

Capitole renovations in Toulouse

Nouvelle cage de scène, théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, © H.Deschamp

The new season of the Théâtre du Capitole is online and will be happening anywhere in Toulouse but in the Opera House, that will undergo yet another round of heavy renovations.

In 1996, the entire auditorium was fully restored, from the seats to the sealing and the new paintings of Richard Peduzzi "en trompe-l'oeil", and the Opera House had to be closed for a full year.

In 2004, the second wave of renovations included the entire stage and the addition of working spaces and a lounge for the musicians (more here), and the 2003-04 season had to be performed elsewhere, "Hors les murs" as we say.

The third part of the process will be to reinforce the structure of the 2nd and 3rd floors, and to build new 4th and 5th floors (see there). And once again, the 2009-10 season will be "Hors les murs".

Can someone explain to me why they didn't close the Opera House for two consecutive seasons in 1996 to do all the work other than "in France, the simpler solution is never the chosen one because we just can't resolve to doing it like everybody else" ?

Further reading:
- Frédéric Chambert's interview in La Dépêche (April 14)
- History of the renovations in Toulouse

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