For three centuries of continuous activity, the Opéra Comique has produced the largest repertoire in Europe and some of the greatest masterpieces of French music: La Fille du régiment, Carmen, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Lakmé, Manon, Pelléas et Mélisande, L’Heure espagnole...
The archives have been scattered in several conservation institutions and it was impossible until now to conduct research into this outstanding heritage.
In partnership with the Archives Nationales and with funding from the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (DREST), in 2013 the Opéra Comique undertook the digitalization of its literary and artistic archives kept in the Archives Nationales and on the premises: libretti, censorship records, posters, production brochures, season brochures, prints, photographs, tickets, that is to say about 2500 documents representing about 25,000 visits.
The Opéra Comique is working on a dedicated resource website, archives.opera-comique.com, in order for the public to consult these archives, which will open in November 2014. It will be free and accessible from the website home pages of the Opéra Comique, the Réunion des Opéras de France and the Ministère de la Culture.
A database will make it possible to search through three centuries of repertoire by title, person’s name, date, place and type of digitalized document.
Devised in partnership with the University of Rouen, archives.opera-comique.com will be hosted on the Dezède database, a digital tool developed since 2011 by scholars in the service of the chronology of productions in France.
archives.opera-comique.com will be expanded over the following seasons through joint input from the Opéra Comique and its partners.
Schedule: launching of archives.opera-comique.com website on 13 November 2014
Associated institutions: Archives Nationales, université de Rouen (base Dezède)
Access to the digitalized archives