It was such a great dream that it was difficult to believe it would ever come true. With ambition and determination, we pursued it for almost three years: we invested the acoustic and visual masterpiece created by Charles Garnier, an iconoclastic and visionary challenger. We partnered with the Paris Opera, a symbol of excellence and a true mastodon in the world of culture with a long-established international reputation.
The Paris Opera fully accepted to entertain our dream, based on a shared vision of excellence and strong ties to France's musical and historical heritage. Together, we have conceived an exceptional partnership. The first steps of this partnership take shape today, with the opening of a Devialet Area within the Palais Garnier, and the launch of a co-branded Phantom.
Located in the Palais Garnier, the Devialet sound discovery area is in the west area of the Grand Vestibule, whose 80m2 have been renovated for the occasion. It offers for the first time an orchestra of 16 Phantom, for a masterful and captivating listening experience. The Devialet Area is accessible to the public through the façade during the day (10am-8pm Monday to Saturday, 11am-7pm on Sunday). On performance evenings, access by the façade closes at 6pm but the Devialet Area remains open in a privileged way for spectators through the inside.
For the Paris Opera, Devialet has conceived a special edition of Gold Phantom, an extreme piece of engineering protected by more than a hundred patents. Result of Devialet’s engineers’ obsessive quest, Gold Phantom emits an ultra-dense sound with physical impact, delivering a deeply emotional and overwhelming acoustic experience that meets the requirements of excellence of the Paris Opera.
Drawing on the iconic gilded interiors of the Auditorium, Gold Phantom Opéra de Paris | Devialet will feature the Paris Opera logo and gold leaf gills finished by Ateliers Gohard, who also restore the gold of the Palais Garnier. It is exclusively available in the Devialet Area.
Quentin Sannié, Devialet CEO
Jean-Philippe Thiellay, Deputy General Director of the Paris Opera, said: "The search for new forms of outreach and development is an integral part of our mission. Devialet is a magnificent partner for us, with a uniquely French take on innovation and excellence that is completely in line with the Opera's own vision. The Paris Opera will celebrate its 350th anniversary in 2019, and is constantly seeking new ways to reinvent itself as an institution."
This partnership will also provide exclusive access to recordings from the Paris Opera, including live transmission of highlights from the 2017/18 season. For the first time, The Paris Opera and Devialet invite you to listen to recordings and stream performances live from home, wherever you are in the world. Thanks to unique technologies and the quality of sound broadcasting, Devialet will help amplify the Opera's voice, widening the community of music lovers who can simultaneously share the magic created by the artists of the Paris Opera.
We are immensely proud to contribute to the influence of French creativity around the world through this exceptional partnership.