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French OperaA Short History$
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Vincent Giroud

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300117653

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300117653.001.0001

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Crisis and Renewal

Crisis and Renewal

(p.270) Chapter 10 Crisis and Renewal
French Opera

Vincent Giroud

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the examines the history of French opera from the 1930s onwards. It explains that opera dominated the French musical scene since the time of Jean-Baptiste Lully and suggests that the crisis of French opera in the 1930s was accompanied, if not exacerbated, by a crisis in French singing. The chapter argues that since the 1980s, French opera has begun a kind of renaissance, with more new works by more composers of the younger generation being staged in sold-out houses. It also considers the works of Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, and Jacques Ibert.

Keywords:   French opera, Jean-Baptiste Lully, French singing, renaissance, composers, Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, Jacques Ibert

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