THE OPERA HOUSE IN PARIS is a very
famous and beautiful building. It is the biggest Opera House
in the world. Work on the building began in 1861, finished
in 1875, and cost forty-seven million francs. It has seventeen
floors, ten above the ground, and seven under the ground.
Behind and under the stage, there are stairs and passages
and many, many rooms - dressingrooms for the singers and the
dancers, rooms for the stage workers, the opera dresses and
There are more than 2,500 doors in
the building. You can walk for hours and never see daylight
under the Paris Opera House. And the Opera House has a ghost,
a phantom, a man in black clothes. He is a body without a
head, or a head without a body. He has a yellow face, he has
no nose, he has black holes for eyes... This is the true story
of the Phantom of the Opera. It begins one day in 1880, in
the dancers' dressing-room ...