La comédie lyrique au temps de Diderot

Translated title of the contribution: Lyric comedy in Diderot's time

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When Diderot conceived the solo 'performance' of operas by LUI in 'Le Neveu de Rameau' he obviously used a base-line of experience. This article gathers many details about Parisian actor-singers in the 1750s in order to build a picture of how actor-singers specialising in lyric comedy and their movements were construed at the time. Thus we have Paul Stuc's idea for histrionic notation; the personnel of the Monnet troupe and their quasi-Italian system of categorisation; the art of Justine Favart and Mlle Rosaline of the Opéra Comique; Charles Favart's stage-directions; and the physical attitudes portrayed in a key scene through the frontispiece of Sedaine/Philidor's 'Le Jardinier et son seigneur'.
Translated title of the contributionLyric comedy in Diderot's time
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationMusic et pantomime dans 'Le Neveu de Rameau'
EditorsFranck Salaün, Patrick Taïeb
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherHermann Editeurs
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9782705692810
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameFictions pensantes
ISSN (Print)705692810


  • Paris, opera, comedy, acting, 1750s

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