The launching of the Opéra Comique archives website

The launching of the Opéra Comique archives website

Resource website: 300 years of repertoire and digitalized archives


With the success of six seasons focusing on the repertoire, the Opéra Comique is undertaking the virtual reconstruction of its seasons in order to share its archives with the public by setting up a resource website to be launched by the end of 2014.

Access to the digitalized archives 
(in french)

This scheme is supported by the Opéra Comique in partnership with the Archives nationales and with the help of the Ministère de la culture et de la communication.

The Opéra Comique is the third oldest French theatrical institution after the Opéra de Paris and the Comédie-Française. Unlike them, the Opéra Comique has never been able to manage its archives which were scattered in various heritage institutions.


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,, 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, 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. will be expanded over the following seasons through joint input from the Opéra Comique and its partners.

Schedule: launching of website on 13 November 2014

Associated institutions: Archives Nationales, université de Rouen (base Dezède)



Access to the digitalized archives 
(in french)



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