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The French Opera House opens in New Orleans

French Opera House, New Orleans
12/01/1859
 In New Orleans, the new French Opera House on the corner of Bourbon and Toulouse Streets opened with a performance of  Rossini's Guillaume Tell.  The construction had taken just thirty-three weeks and the French went on to be the leading opera venue in New Orleans for decades, holding more than thirty national opera premieres.  Revered as a city landmark, the building was destroyed by fire in 1919.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Karyl Lynn Zietz, Karyl Charna Lynn, The National Trust Guide to great Opera Houses in America (New York: John Wiley and Sons,1996), 194.

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