I came across these illustrations giving a backstage look at the opera AÃ¯da. It is a French production fromÂ 1880. Even though it is over 135 years ago, some things still look the same.
Originally from: AÃ¯da, vue des coulisses de l’OpÃ©ra. (L’illustration, v.76, Oct. 30, 1880, p. 283-286; illus. on p. 292.)