Celebrations of the tricentennial

Celebrations of the tricentennial

In 2014-2015 the Opéra Comique celebrates its tricentennial.

On this occasion it joins prestigious partners in order to organize special events in the theater and outside: 4 concerts, 2 exhibitions, 2 symposia, 1 resources website and online publications.



The Opéra Comique is one of the three oldest French dramatic institutions with the Paris Opera and the Comédie-Française.
Open to the public in February 1715, by the end of the reign of Louis XIV, the young Opéra Comique developed its combination of comedy and singing in such a way that it became a major official institution by 1762. The only one of its kind and appreciated worldwide, it has been associated with the spirit of French culture since the Age of Enlightenment.

The Highlights

Let's celebrate the tricentennial of the Opéra Comique all along the season through numerous highlights!

- Opening night
Opening night: The Opéra Comique as told to us
Broadcast on Arte in December 2014
13 November 2014

- Resource website: 300 years of repertoire and digitalized archives
The launching of the Opéra Comique archives website : archives.opera-comique.com
November 2014

Access to the digitalized archives 
(in french)

- Exhibition at the Centre national du costume de scène in Moulins
The Opéra Comique and its treasures
7 February - 25 May 2015

- Exhibition at the Petit Palais, Paris
From Carmen to Mélisande, tragedies at the Opéra Comique
18 March - 28 June 2015

- Symposium
The Opéra Comique, three centuries of creation
19, 20, 21 March 2015

- Online publication of the 2008-2014 documents on Bru Zane Mediabase, the digital resource Website of the Palazzetto Bru Zane
The Symposia of the Opéra Comique
March 2015

- A musical production with puppets on the origins of the Opéra Comique
La Guerre des théâtres
8, 9 April 2015

- Concert illustred
L’Opéra Comique, voix d’hier et d’aujourd’hui
6 May 2015

- Symposium
Reviving french-opera
11, 12 June 2015

- Closing concert
Closing concert : Le cercle de l'harmonie celebrates romantic Opéra Comique
27 June 2015


300 years of history

The opéra comique genre was first called vaudevillian comedy and then comedy mixed with ariettas. From the outset, it was defined as spoken drama interspersed with sung or danced passages: arias, ensembles, choruses and overtures. It differed from opera which was sung throughout. From 1807 to 1864 the Opéra-Comique had monopolized this privilege. Its specific features were taught at the Conservatoire until 1991.

Read more about the 300 years of the history of the Opéra Comique>

Honorary committee

On the celebration of its tricentennial, the Opéra Comique has decided to convene an honorary committee under the chairmanship of Mrs Roselyne Bachelot. The Committee, consisting of personalities and representatives of the institution’s sponsors, will support the endeavor of the Opéra Comique to raise funds and disseminate its productions.

Many thanks for their dedication.

Roselyne Bachelot, présidente
Christine Albanel
Jean Beunardeau
Jean-Louis Delvaux
Dominique Desailly
Charles-Henri Filippi
Charlotte Liebert Hellman
Éric Lombard
Maryvonne Pinault
Alain Pons
Jacques Richier
Andrea Rossi
Bertrand du Vignaud



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