Welcome! OPERAS.ORG is an online museum created to honor historical Opera.
Here you will meet images and voices of singers from the past, theaters, and scenes – and information about the most glorious operas.
OPERATIC GLORIES FROM THE OPERA-COMIQUE
What is “opéra comique”? It is a French “musical genre” alternating sung passages with spoken sections, as opposed to opera, which is entirely sung (e.g. “Carmen” vs. “Tosca”).
It is also a theater in Paris. From its humble inception through a royal decree by King Louis XIV (1714), to its many designations and locations, the Opéra-Comique experienced turbulent times. Two devastating fires destroyed it in 1838 and again in 1887 during a performance of Mignon. The current Opéra-Comique was erected in 1898 on Place Boieldieu. Countless singers performed there in historic performances. Take a look …