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Les fantômes de l’Opéra, ou les abandons du Directoire

Abstract : The Theatre of the Republic and Arts, the new name given to the Opera of Paris from the year V, lives with a chronic financial deficit. Neither the State which protects it nor the private entrepreneurs leading it will improve the situation. In spite of the importance of the recruitments during the French Revolution, the shadows of the former famous artists of the 1770’s continue to hang over the institution. It is also endangered by the infidelities of the main roles, who seek more regular salaries elsewhere. During the Directory, creations are rare and have to follow the patriotic themes imposed by the Ministry of the Interior, which is favourable to the ancient models, to the glory of the Republic and to citizen-soldiers. The Theatre is rarely at full capacity because it is regulary closed for rehearsals, national celebrations, awards ceremonies, repairs, or because of the real or pretended sickness of the artists. While many authors protest against the loss of their incomes, a part of the public doesn’t come to attend performances.
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Philippe Bourdin. Les fantômes de l’Opéra, ou les abandons du Directoire . Annales historiques de la Révolution française, Armand Colin, 2015, Nouvelles perspectives pour l'histoire de la musique (1770-1830), 379 (1-2015), pp.109-129. ⟨hal-01762623⟩



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