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French Opera: A Short History

Vincent Giroud


French opera is second only to Italian opera in the length, breadth, and diversity of its history. Yet most people, if asked to come up with titles, could mention only a handful—Carmen, Faust, Pelleas et Melisande, Samson et Dalila—a small list for an operatic tradition that began in the seventeenth century and is still very much alive. This book provides a full, single-volume account of opera in France from its origins to the present day. It looks at the leading composers, from Lully to Messiaen and beyond; at the development of French operatic form and style; at performance, performers, and ... More

Keywords: French opera, Italian opera, Carmen, Faust, Pelleas et Melisande, Samson et Dalila, operatic tradition, composers, Lully, Messiaen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780300117653
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300117653.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vincent Giroud, author