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Dressing the Opera

Exhibition f rom 25 May to 3 November 2019 at the Centre National du Costume de Scène, Moulins

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Entre France et Italie - L'Opéra de Paris de Louis XIV à la Révolution

From 28 May to 1st September 2019 at the Palais Garnier

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Major partners of the Paris Opera’s 350th anniversary

Major partners of
the Paris Opera’s 350th anniversary

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Memories of Bastille

1/14 Salle du Jeu de Paume de la Bouteille

1671-1672

After earning the privilege to establish an opera Academy by letter of patent in 1669, Pierre Perrin (also known as Abbé Perrin) and Robert Cambert decided to house their institution in the Salle du Jeu de Paume de la Bouteille. Located in the rue des Fossés-de-Nesle which today is the rue Mazarine in the Latin Quarter, the building was converted into a theatre by Henri Guichard, steward of the buildings of the Duke of Orléans. It was in this hall on March 19 1671, that Pomone, an opera by Robert Cambert to a libretto by Pierre Perrin—a work generally considered to be the first French opera—was first performed. At the time, the troupe of the Académie d’Opéra was comprised of nine singers: there were five men and four women; a chorus of fifteen members and thirteen orchestra musicians. Pomone, with its luxurious staging, impressive sets and magical ballet sequences choreographed by Pierre Beauchamp proved a huge success and was performed for eight consecutive months. This was later followed by the premiere of Les Peines et les Plaisirs de l’amour, an opera written by Robert Cambert based on the writings of Gabriel Gilbert. It would be the second and final opera to be performed in that theatre. With the arrival of Lully at the head of the Académie, the troupe relocated and the theatre closed its doors on April 1 1672. After undergoing another facelift and now known as the Hôtel Guénégaud, the theatre reopened to host the so-called “Marais” troupe and the former Molière troupe which, once merged, would give rise to the Comédie-Française.

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Partners of the Paris Opera’s 350th anniversary

  • Sponsor of Crystal Pite's production

  • Sponsor of Opera's Battle

  • Sponsor of Les Indes galantes

With the generous support of

  • Sponsor of La Traviata

  • Sponsor of the Emperor and Empress's box restoration

  • Principal sponsor of the Paris Opera Ballet

  • IT Mobility & User Experience Partner

  • Mécène Services IT

  • Sponsor of the Paris Opera Academy

Institutions associated with the 350th anniversary

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