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Introduction: The Business and Politics of Opera in Fin‐de‐Siècle Paris

Steven Huebner

in French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195189544
eISBN:
9780199868476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the business and politics of French opera in the late 20th century. It describes government subsidies received by the two main Parisian houses: ... More


Manon

Steven Huebner

in French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195189544
eISBN:
9780199868476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter focuses on the collaboration between Massenet and Carvalho of the Opéra-Comique. According to Édouard NoËl, then an administrative assistant at that theatre, it was Carvalho who first ... More


Le fruit défendu—Opéra Comique and the French Tradition

Mark Everist

in Music Drama at the Paris Odéon, 1824–1828

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520234451
eISBN:
9780520928909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520234451.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter discusses the tradition of the French opéra comique that the Odéon mounted alongside foreign works, and the attempts which the theater and composers in the capital made to have the ... More


Le Roi malgré lui

Steven Huebner

in French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195189544
eISBN:
9780199868476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.003.0019
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter focuses on Chabrier's opérette Le Roi malgré lui. Pierre Lalo characterized Le Roi malgré lui as a hijacking of Chabrier's true temperament in the direction of an ... More


Introduction

Julia Doe

in The Comedians of the King: "Opéra Comique" and the Bourbon Monarchy on the Eve of Revolution

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780226743257
eISBN:
9780226743394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226743394.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter offers an introduction to the history of opéra comique and to the system of theatrical monopoly (or privilège) that dictated its early development. It situates the genre within the ... More


Opéra Comique and the Legacy of Colbert

Julia Doe

in The Comedians of the King: "Opéra Comique" and the Bourbon Monarchy on the Eve of Revolution

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780226743257
eISBN:
9780226743394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226743394.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Opera

Chapter 1 outlines the circumstances that compelled the Bourbon monarchy to elevate opéra comique into an “official” art, exploring the causes of the 1762 merger and untangling its consequences for ... More


Character, Class, and Style in the Lyric Drame

Julia Doe

in The Comedians of the King: "Opéra Comique" and the Bourbon Monarchy on the Eve of Revolution

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780226743257
eISBN:
9780226743394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226743394.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Opera

Chapter 2 builds on the institutional premises presented in the previous chapter, examining how the musical and dramatic features of opéra comique evolved as a result of the 1762 merger. The most ... More


Epilogue: The Foundation of a “People’s” Art

Julia Doe

in The Comedians of the King: "Opéra Comique" and the Bourbon Monarchy on the Eve of Revolution

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780226743257
eISBN:
9780226743394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226743394.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Opera

The epilogue to The Comedians of the King turns from production to reception history. Given the clear association between the Bourbon monarchy and opéra comique during the early decades of the ... More


Gluck to Revolution

Vincent Giroud

in French Opera: A Short History

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300117653
eISBN:
9780300168211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300117653.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter examines the history of French opera from the time of Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck up to the French Revolution. It discusses the emergence of the so-called ballet d'action to ... More


French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Steven Huebner

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195189544
eISBN:
9780199868476
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This book explores the history of late-19th century French opera through thirteen of the most important and frequently performed works of that repertory. The main aesthetic and historical problem ... More


In Defence of Opéra-Comique: (“La défense de l’opéra-comique”, Portraits et Souvenirs, Société d’édition artistique, 1899, 169–176)

Roger Nichols

in Camille Saint-Saëns: On Music and Musicians

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195320169
eISBN:
9780199852086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320169.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter holds that intolerance in art is attacking the genre of opéra-comique. As the need for action to deal with this is becoming urgent, the author takes the task upon himself to defend it. ... More


Domesticating Difference? Carmen and the “French” Canon in the 1920s

Samuel Llano

in Whose Spain?: Negotiating Spanish Music in Paris, 1908-1929

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199858460
eISBN:
9780199979905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858460.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Opera

This chapter analyses the conceptions of Spain and “Spanish music” that underpinned perceptions of Carmen in the 1920s. While Carmen was already well established in the repertoire, the celebration of ... More


The Musical Revolutions of Marie Antoinette

Julia Doe

in The Comedians of the King: "Opéra Comique" and the Bourbon Monarchy on the Eve of Revolution

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780226743257
eISBN:
9780226743394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226743394.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Opera

Chapter 3 offers a broad, archivally based reassessment of Marie Antoinette’s musical patronage. In the domain of serious opera, the queen’s interventions are well known: her support for Gluck’s ... More


The Decadence of the Pastoral

Julia Doe

in The Comedians of the King: "Opéra Comique" and the Bourbon Monarchy on the Eve of Revolution

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780226743257
eISBN:
9780226743394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226743394.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Opera

Chapter 4 addresses Marie Antoinette’s patronage of pastoral opéra comique—and the problems this repertory generated for the queen’s reputation and for the structures of Bourbon ceremonial rhetoric, ... More


Reinscribing, framing, and subverting an operatic icon: Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande

Jane F. Fulcher

in Renegotiating French Identity: Musical Culture and Creativity in France during Vichy and the German Occupation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190681500
eISBN:
9780190681531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190681500.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Opera, History, Western

This chapter reveals the way in which French cultural officials gradually came to employ an iconic operatic work, selected initially by Rouché for pragmatic reasons, and how they slowly sought to ... More


Premiere and Revival: Paris, Galli-Marié, and Spanish Affairs

Michael Christoforidis and Elizabeth Kertesz

in Carmen and the Staging of Spain: Recasting Bizet's Opera in the Belle Epoque

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780195384567
eISBN:
9780190883508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195384567.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Opera, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Carmen’s 1875 premiere at the Opéra-Comique was an unauspicious launch for a work that became Bizet’s most famous opera. Its controversial subject, Célestine Galli-Marié’s realist performance of the ... More


Introduction

Mark Everist

in Music Drama at the Paris Odéon, 1824–1828

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520234451
eISBN:
9780520928909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520234451.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter introduces the book, in which music drama in nineteenth-century France is discussed. Definitions of what constituted opera in the early nineteenth century were much more inclusive than ... More


From Lully to Rameau

Vincent Giroud

in French Opera: A Short History

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300117653
eISBN:
9780300168211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300117653.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter examines the evolution of French opera from Jean-Baptiste Lully to Jean-Philippe Rameau. It discusses the origins of opéra-comique and the emergence of the so-called tragédies en musique ... More


Opéra-Comique—Concerts: Virtuosos and Composers

Katherine Kolb

in Berlioz on Music: Selected Criticism 1824-1837

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199391950
eISBN:
9780199391981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391950.003.0035
Subject:
Music, Opera, History, Western

What begins as a diagnosis of persistent woes at the Opéra-Comique, which cannot make up its mind whether to aim for progress or dwell in routine, turns into a quasi-novelistic comparison of two ... More


Music Review

Katherine Kolb

in Berlioz on Music: Selected Criticism 1824-1837

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199391950
eISBN:
9780199391981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391950.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Opera, History, Western

A survey of musical events in Paris and even London, where Berlioz casts an envious eye at a great Handel festival ordered by the king, noting that a music festival—the word and happening still novel ... More


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