The women of the Opéra Comique

Opera company


Salle Bizet

from 16
to 17 May 2019


16 May 2019 10.00 am

17 May 2019 5.00 pm

All dates


+33 (0)1 70 23 01 31


Free admission upon registration

Since 2008 the symposia of the Opéra Comique have been surveying opera from various angles, associating many research partners in transdisciplinary and international sessions of work and exchange. There have been two lines of research : one on the company and staff of our house, the other on operatic economy. Besides, each June a symposium is organized in honor of a composer. After Saint-Saëns in 2017 and Gounod in 2018, this is Offenbach’s turn.


Three centuries of theatrical life, a repertoire of over 3000 titles, dozens of trades, several partners in France and overseas. What about a history of the Opéra Comique from a woman’s perspective? The first female director was Catherine Baron, the reform of dramatic acting was led by Justine Favart, Marie-Antoinette sponsored our house, the most programmed composer was Sophie Gail with five titles, Célestine Galli-Marié inspired Bizet for his habanera in Carmen, the head of the costume workshop saved her teams during the 1887 fire of the theater, modern dance appeared in our house with Mariquita.

In collaboration with Sorbonne Université and IReMus, Institut de Recherche en Musicologie

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