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The Comedians of the King: "Opéra Comique" and the Bourbon Monarchy on the Eve of Revolution

Julia Doe


Lyric theater in ancien régime France was an eminently political art, tied to the demands of court spectacle. Tragic opera (tragédie lyrique) was invented under the auspices of monarchy, and functioned from its start as an embodiment of Bourbon prestige. While historians have long privileged the popular origins of French dialogue opera (opéra comique), this genre, too, had close links to the Crown. In 1762 government authorities incorporated the fairground players that invented the form into a struggling royal troupe, the Comédie-Italienne, thereby consolidating a new venue where national musi ... More

Keywords: opéra comique, tragédie lyrique, Comédie-Italienne, French Revolution, Bourbon Monarchy, Marie Antoinette, ancien régime, fairground players, court spectacle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226743257
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226743394.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia Doe, author
Columbia University