The Paris Opera: An Encyclopedia of Operas, Ballets, Composers, and Performers, Growth and Grandeur, 1815-1914 - Vol. 1

The Paris Opera: An Encyclopedia of Operas, Ballets, Composers, and Performers, Growth and Grandeur, 1815-1914 - Vol. 1

The Paris Opera: An Encyclopedia of Operas, Ballets, Composers, and Performers, Growth and Grandeur, 1815-1914 - Vol. 1

The Paris Opera: An Encyclopedia of Operas, Ballets, Composers, and Performers, Growth and Grandeur, 1815-1914 - Vol. 1

Synopsis

This monumental reference source is devoted to the development of French opera and ballet during the hundred years between the return of the Bourbons to the throne of France following the collapse of the Napoleonic empire and the outbreak of World War I in 1914. Focusing on works performed and personalities active at the Paris Opera during this period, the volume includes a detailed introduction that relates the 19th century history of the Opera to events that took place prior to 1815; the main encyclopedia section covering operas and ballets, singers and dancers, composers and choreographers, librettists and scenarists; also included are three helpful bibliographies.

Excerpt

The present volume in this current series of publications describing the growth of French opera and ballet is devoted to the multiple aspects of these two types of theatrical activity at the Opéra in Paris following the collapse of the Napoleonic empire in 1815. This portion of the study starts with the return of the Bourbons to the throne of France, and it ends at the moment of total mobilization of all male citizens eligible to serve in the army and navy at the outbreak of World War I in the summer of 1914. the hundred years between Napoleon's departure for St. Helena and Kaiser Wilhelm II's invasion of the northern provinces saw the installation of Louis Philippe's bourgeois monarchy in 1830, the establishment of Napoleon III's empire in 1851, and the inauguration of the Third Republic in 1871. the details of the survival of the operatic and balletic companies at the Opéra during this century of social, political, and military crises have already been related in the first volume of this study, but it may be repeated here that neither the hostile invasions nor the bloody revolutions marking the decades between 1815 and 1914 managed to suppress activity at the Opéra for long.

This nineteenth-century volume has been organized so that information about opera and ballet at the Paris opera house is arranged again in encyclopedia format with entries listed in alphabetical order. Individual entries deal with operas, ballets, singers, dancers, composers, choreographers, librettists, and scenarists. the . . .

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