Le grand Opéra - Exhibition catalogue

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Opera 350 years


For textbooks and music encyclopedias, the great French opera was born on February 29, 1828, on the stage of the Academy - once again royal - of music, then located at 12, rue Le Peletier, in Paris. It is to the composer Daniel-François-Esprit Auber (1782-1871) that falls, with La Muette de Portici, the honor of signing the first work of a new musical genre which, from the July monarchy to the Second Empire , assures the first lyric scene of France an international glory.
A total spectacle, it uses the most innovative technical means, and attracts the most famous musicians, choreographers and dancers of Paris at the time: Rossini, Meyerbeer, Verdi, Lucien Petipa, Philippe and Marie Taglioni. This catalog traces this sumptuous period, which will fade away in the torments of the war of 1870.

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Authors : Romain Feist, Marion Mirande
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