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L.A. Opera goes for the epic with 'The Ghosts of Versailles'
L.A. Opera goes for the epic with 'The Ghosts of Versailles'

In a large workshop at CBS Television City on the edge of Hollywood, the palace of Versailles was slowly taking shape. A platoon of set builders was hard at work on a December morning creating the imposing columns, ornate tapestries and swooping staircases of the royal French chateau. In one corner, a series of nude decorative statues waited to be painted. On the other side of the studio, the curved elements of a domed ceiling sat in pieces amid sawdust and other construction detritus. Many of the builders didn't have much experience constructing Baroque architecture, having instead created sets for less refined endeavors such as "Survivor" and "The Price Is...

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