Rousseau and Favart at Fontainebleau, Pergolesi at Versailles

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Plans for mounting opera at court had developed since 1745, when a theatre installed at the Grande Ecurie at Versailles was inaugurated for the wedding of the Dauphin and Maria Theresa of Spain. From 1749 the court acquired property at Fontainebleau for the same purpose. Documents transcribed from the Archives Nationales show the kinds of stage materials used when Rousseau's 'Le Devin du village' and Pergolesi's 'La serva padrona' were staged at court in 1752.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-605
Number of pages15
JournalJournal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Versailles, Fontainebleau, Opera, Louis XV, staging techniques

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