Established in Moulins in the Quartier Villars, a former cavalry neighborhood listed on the historical register of historic monuments, the CNCS was inaugurated in 2006. This is the first institution in the world devoted to the conservation and development of stage sets and costumes.
The most ancient costumes of these collections come from the Opéra Comique. Many items, which date back to the middle of the 19th century, have never been shown to the public. Works from collections that are still kept in the Opéra Comique, where they are being catalogued, will also go on display.
Visitors will be able to discover a highly original art of costume and the repertoire as well as the characters and artists who made its history. An interactive section of the exhibition will be dedicated to the trades of the Opéra Comique costume workshop. Special productions will complement this program in the auditorium.
This event held outside Paris will emphasize the fact that the Opéra Comique repertoire was mostly performed in the provinces for a long time. It was also most open to regional cultures and most welcoming to artists trained throughout France.
On display: about 100 costumes; wigs, hats and props; reproductions of archival documents; extracts from productions and documentaries.
Organization: Agnès Terrier in collaboration with Delphine Pinasa
Scenography: Macha Makeïeff