Sep 28, 2009
In Paris, I found many Opéra. This time, I went to the Théâtre National de l’Opéra-Comique (National Opéra Comic Theatre). Located in place Boïeldieu, 2 nd arrondissement. The entrance of the Opéra-Comique is at 5, rue Favart.
In 1714, when the High Society of Paris was seen at the Comédie Française and the Opera, small comedy plays were the preferred form of entertainment of the less well-off. Musicians, puppeteers and comedy singers would parody the great tragic classics and rewrite the text of the great operas.On 26 December 1714, Catherine Baron and Gautier de Saint-Edme set up this company, calling it Opéra Comique.
But the company had a difficult start. The director Jean Monet invited the famous author Charles-Simon Favart. Favart made it a worthy competitor for the other theatres in the city.In 1783, a new building was constructed for the Opéra Comique. That would be its final location, the one it still occupies today.
Station on Paris metro: Strasbourg Saint-Denis