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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

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

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300117653.003.0011

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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