Built in 1859, the French Opera House of New Orleans was a cultural landmark of the city. Opera in New Orleans attracted an audience comprised of all sects of society, people of high and low status, locals and foreigners alike. The French Opera House was the most fashionable establishment in New Orleans of its time, marking the social season with its schedule of performances. One could draw a comparison to the way football moblilizes the city in modern society. Performances at the French Opera House ceased for two years during the Civil war, but happily returned in 1864. By 1913, the house had fallen on hard times and thanks to an anonymous donor, was revived under the control of Tulane University. Not long after the house reopened, it fell victim to the French Quarter fire of 1919 and would never open its doors again. Today, the Inn on Bourbon marks the location of the old French Opera House, at the corner of Bourbon and Toulouse. Although Opera never made a significant comeback, several theatres (including the Saenger, the Joy, and the Orpheum) in the city have been revived Post-Katrina, supporting New Orleans' love of performing arts.
French Quarter History: French Opera House
Nov 10, 2015 | History