I like the colour!
And the velvet-y sheen of the "waiting seats", too.
The upper right corner is a bit distracting but I see no way in which to make that "disappear" now ... and it seems like you'll not be around for a re-shoot any time soon, right?
Thanks for the comments........you're right, I will not be returning any time soon. If fact I have visited Paris 4 times over the years and have tried to gain entry to the Opera House each time. there was always an excuse of some kind. I was very excited to get in this time.
Here's a shot of the hallway.
Comming from the States and viewing the vast ammounts of art throughout Europe is truly overwhelming and very impressive. Specifically what is in the churches. What wealth! And not just the capital cities, the small towns scattering the countryside have their fair amount also.