D'un genre et d'un théâtre à l'autre: Méhul dans les années 1790

Translated title of the contribution: Between genres and theatres: Méhul in the 1790s

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Méhul's operatic output in the 1790s was seen at the Paris Opéra, the Opéra Comique, and other theatres: this article interrogates various aesthetic pressures and solutions found by a creative artist in a time of revolution and institutional change. Méhul's works stretched the generic boundaries of what was thought possible in opéra-comique, but other composers worked more quickly and fluently and answered the institution's need for creating audience loyalty. On one hand the decade provided unprecedented opportunities, but on the other, the pressures of rampant inflation and competition within an open market were only too obvious. Méhul's most advanced works occupied a notional space between the home of opera with spoken dialogue and the traditional all-sung genre of the Opéra. He found public success only in the following decade.
Translated title of the contributionBetween genres and theatres: Méhul in the 1790s
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationLe Fer et les Fleurs
Subtitle of host publicationÉtienne-Nicolas Méhul (1763-1817)
Place of Publicationnot given
PublisherActes Sud
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9782330080198
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameCollection Actes Sud / Palazzetto Bru Zane


  • Méhul, opera, genre, Paris, opéra-comique, F.B.Hoffman, Euphrosine.

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