VINCI Energies replaces equipment needed for stage lighting at Palais Garnier opera house

A VINCI Energies company worked on the dimming cabinet upgrade project at the legendary Palais Garnier opera house in Paris.

Palais GarnierMasselin, a VINCI Energies company, was involved in upgrading the Palais Garnier dimming cabinets in accordance with the design of consultant ADB, which also supplied the equipment.

"We dismantled the cabinets, two of 1250A, two of 800A, and one of 400A, then identified the circuits and assembled the switchgear cabinets and dimming cabinets", explains Yvan de la Llave, project manager at Masselin. "We run power from the cabinets to the equipment supplied by ADB, in other words 13 dimmer racks. These are what power all the stage lights. We had to rewire almost 1,000 circuits from these racks". All the installation work had to be completed within four weeks so as to avoid disrupting the organisation of the opera house. Some 13 people from the company were involved in this "blitz" project.

The challenge of the Palais Garnier project

Although the opera house, built in the second half of the 19th century in Paris, was a challenging project, there was also a sense of satisfaction in having worked on a beautiful historic building. "The challenge lay in maintaining the existing set-up: we weren't to change the cables or alter the bends. So we adapted to the existing wiring, which required extensive work in terms of identifying and distributing the circuits according to the new dimmers, which were more compact", points out Yvan. "Working on the Palais Garnier opera house is a very interesting experience in the life of a fitter. It's an amazing place, steeped in history. A real feast for the eyes!»

Stage installations: a very specific area of expertise

« We regularly work for theatres and concert halls. In terms of stage installations, we recently completed the Caen Theatre project. We also worked on the Saint Brieuc conference centre, Le Cargo concert venue in Caen, the Val-de-Rueil theatre, and so on. You need specific skills, for example it's important to understand the language of stage designers. And we use specific technologies. The work carried out must blend seamlessly with the infrastructure and decor, and must not be visible to spectators. »