While city hall of Toulouse called “Le Capitole” was built in successive stages starting from the 13th century, the decision to include a theatre in it was taken exactly on the 28th of May 1736. The work was entrusted to architect and painter Guillame Cammas how built an opera house in Italian style with, fashionable at the time, “trompe-l’oeil” decoration.
The theatre opened its doors on the 11th of May 1737.
Since then the “Capitole” theatre was rebuilt several times – most notably in 1923 after the First World War and the big fire of the 10th of August 1917 destroyed it, in 1974 when the theatre was transformed in “a true lyrical art place adapted to all repertoires and all genres” and in 1996 when the Italian style and “trompe-l’oeil” decorations were reintroduced.
The event “Tous à l’opera” – (“Everybody at the opera”) takes place in France each year during the first or second weekend of May. For two days many opera houses of the country open their doors to the general public for free visits, costumes exhibitions, free concerts etc.
Hi, I am Carla. I am living and working in the beautiful city of Toulouse, France.
I like history, travel and... the southwest of France and try to share through this blog information about events that might be of interest to the travelers to this part of the world!