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11 - Song and Declamation in French Opera

from Part III - National Traditions (outside Italy)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 December 2022

Jacqueline Waeber
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Duke University, North Carolina
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In his Memoirs, the Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni describes the performance of a French opera he attended in Paris at the Académie Royale de Musique in 1763. There is much to admire in this unnamed work, from the technical ability of the dancers to the sumptuous décors, machines, and costumes. But soon, all this spectacle wears him out.

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Print publication year: 2022

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