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Encyclopedia > Opéra comique

The Opéra-Comique is an opera house in Paris. It is located Place Boieldieu, near the Paris Stock Exchange and not far from the Paris Opera. Although the current building, known as the "salle Favart," was built in 1898, the opera house is in itself the oldest one in Paris. Two previous buildings burnt down in 1838 and 1887, an not uncommon occurrence with theatres in the nineteenth century. An opera house is a building where opera and other forms of performing arts are performed. ... The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... Exterior of the Palais Garnier. ... 1898 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1838 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... 1887 is a common year starting on Saturday (click on link for calendar). ...

The Opéra-Comique company was established in 1714 to offer French opera as an alternative to Italian opera that then dominated the continent. Productions at the Opéra-Comique distinguished from those at the Opéra by their less formal requirements. French opéra comique, in the 19th century at least, did not have to be comic; the term covered a much wider category of work. The Opéra-Comique is an opera house in Paris. ...

Notable composers in the history of Opéra-Comique include Auber, Halévy, Berlioz and Bizet. Opéra-Comique staged the first performance of Bizet's Carmen. Daniel François Esprit Auber (January 29, 1782 - May 13, 1871), French composer, the son of a Paris print-seller, was born in Caen in Normandy. ... Jacques Fromental Halévy Jacques Fromental Halévy (27 May 1799 - 17 March 1862) was a French composer. ... Portrait of Berlioz by Signol, 1832 Louis Hector Berlioz (December 11, 1803 – March 8, 1869) was a French Romantic composer best known for the Symphonie Fantastique, first performed in 1830, and for his Requiem of 1837, with its tremendous resources that include four antiphonal brass choirs. ... Georges Bizet (October 25, 1838 – June 3, 1875), was a French composer of the romantic era best known for his opera Carmen. ... Carmen is a French opera by Georges Bizet, with text by Meilhac and Halévy, based on the novel by Prosper Mérimée. ...

Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust received its ill-fated première on 6 December 1846 at the Opéra-Comique. It was one of the worst setbacks in his career, leaving him heavily in debt and profoundly affecting his attitude to the performance of his music in Paris. The Damnation of Faust is work for orchestra, voices, and chorus written by Hector Berlioz (he himself called it a légende dramatique). The libretto was adapted by Berlioz from Goethes Faust. ...

Another striking première in the history of the Opéra-Comique was that of Debussy's only opera Pelléas et Mélisande on 30 April 1902. Claude Debussy Claude Achille Debussy (August 22, 1862 – March 25, 1918), composer of impressionistic classical music. ... Pelléas et Mélisande is the name of several dramatic works. ...

External link

  • Opéra-Comique website (http://www.opera-comique.com/)



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