The History of French Grand Opera

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  • The first French grand opera - Auber's "La muette de Portici"

    The first French grand opera - Auber's "La muette de Portici"
    On February 29, 1828, Daniel Auber's "La muette de Portici" was performed at the Salle Le Peletier of the Paris Opera.
  • Ballet in grand opera

    Ballet in grand opera
    The addition of ballet near the onset of the second act became a crucial part of a successful opera during mid-19th century France. The ballet was not strictly for aesthetic reaons, but was required more so to satisfy those wealthy opera-goers. It was not unusual for the audience to be more interested in the ballet dancers during the second act, than the actual singers.
  • The Golden Age of Grand Opera: 1830-1850

    The Golden Age of Grand Opera: 1830-1850
    Giacomo Meyerbeer's immensely successful opera, "Les Hugenots" may arguably be the most well-known of the French grand operas during the Golden Age.
  • Late French Grand Operas - Massenet's "Le roi de Lahore"

    Late French Grand Operas - Massenet's "Le roi de Lahore"
    Jules Massenet's large scale opera, "Le roi de Lahore" (Paris, 1877), has been called the last grand opera to have widespread success.
  • Decline of French Grand Opera

    Decline of French Grand Opera
    By the end of the 19th century, much of what made French Grand Opera was soon proving too expensive. New fashions such as "verismo" were being explored, and fewer new operas were being composed in the grand opera format.
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    History of French Grand Opera