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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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From Carmen to Pelléas

From Carmen to Pelléas

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(p.195) Chapter 8 From Carmen to Pelléas
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French Opera
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Vincent Giroud

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300117653.003.0009

This chapter examines the history of French opera at the turn of the century. It suggests that the period which came to be known as the fin-de-siècle was dominated by the figure of Richard Wagner. There were fewer permanent opera companies in Paris and the Théâtre-Italien disappeared as a permanent institution. The chapter also highlights the shift away of French opera from cultural cosmopolitanism and the success of Georges Bizet's Carmen in overtaking the popularity of Charles Gounod's Faust as the most performed French opera during the 1930s.

Keywords:   French opera, Richard Wagner, opera companies, Thèâtre-Italien, cultural cosmopolitanism, Georges Bizet, Carmen, Charles Gounod, Faust

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