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On that day 23 February

Juive, La (Scribe / Halévy)

Works

La Juive

Quand la direction de l’Opéra de Paris passa pour la première fois commande à Halévy, elle craignit que le « débutant » ne fût pas à la hauteur. Elle misa donc sur un spectacle fastueux (sept cents fi...

Timbre d’argent, Le (Barbier & Carré / Saint-Saëns)

Works

Le Timbre d’argent

No opera probably ever followed a more complicated path than that of Saint-Saëns’s Le Timbre d’argent. Completed in 1865, right after the composer’s second failure at the Prix de Rome competition, the...

Cléopâtre (Cain & Payen / Massenet)

Works

Cléopâtre

In 1910, Massenet was introduced to Louis Payen by his regular collaborator Henri Cain, who stood guarantor for the young author. Payen, whose real name was Albert Liénard, was at that time known as a...

Manon Lescaut (Scribe / Auber)

Works

Manon Lescaut

Librement inspiré du roman de l’abbé Prévost, l’argument de Manon Lescaut conserve la trame initiale en redistribuant les différents ressorts dramatiques entre de nouveaux personnages. Manon s’y trouv...

MEILHAC Henri

Persons

Henri MEILHAC

Librettiste.

Persons

Pierre DELARUELLE

Born in Montdidier (in the Somme department), and the son of a shoemaker, Pierre Delaruelle was 16 when he entered the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied under Elwart (harmony) then Benoist (organ)...

Persons

Joséphin SOULARY

Joseph-Marie Soulary, dit Joséphin Soulary. Poète, chef de division à la préfecture du Rhône, conservateur de la bibliothèque du Palais des arts de Lyon, membre de l'Académie des sciences, belles-lett...

LEBOURGEOIS Joseph-Auguste

Persons

Joseph-Auguste LEBOURGEOIS

Grand Prix de Rome de composition 1822.

RISLER Édouard

Persons

Édouard RISLER

Pianiste français. Professeur au Conservatoire de Paris.

GODEFROID Jules

Persons

Jules GODEFROID

Harpiste et compositeur belge. Frère de Félix Godefroid (1818-1897).

Focus

Romantic Harp

In early nineteenth-century France, the harp was a very modern instrument, replacing the “baroque” harpsichord and competing with the pianoforte in a quest for “classical” expression.

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