“The Opéra Comique was founded in 1714 under Louis XIV. It is among the oldest dramatic and musical institutions in France. Its history was alternately turbulent and prestigious until it was listed on the register of the national theaters in 2005.
Since then, a new period has begun for the theater: it aims to introduce its remarkable repertoire, ensure the production and diffusion of dramatic works to the general public.
A Musical Genre
Opéra comique is a genre represented by the Opéra Comique. It is not necessarily comic in nature, but sung lines are interspersed with spoken drama. Opéra comique contrasts with opera, which is sung throughout.
As from 1783, the Opéra Comique staged its productions in a theater that took on the name of famous librettist Charles-Simon Favart.
The Salle Favart burnt down twice and was rebuilt on the same plot. In 1898 the third Salle Favart was granted to the Opéra Comique.”
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