<i>Cet ensemble si harmonieux et si parfait</i>—The Odéon's Personnel

Mark Everist

in Music Drama at the Paris Odéon, 1824–1828

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780520234451
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928909 | DOI:
Cet ensemble si harmonieux et si parfait—The Odéon's Personnel

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This chapter presents information on soloists and orchestra, who had significant roles in the culture that supported the Odéon and in the theater itself. Soloists at the Odéon included those at the very beginning and very end of their careers. Montano was one of most experienced members of the opera troupe when the Odéon opened in April 1824. Establishing a team of soloists capable of performing such a demanding and fast-changing repertory as the one in place at the Odéon posed problems for Bernard and his successors, whose solution was to recruit successful artists from provincial theaters such as those in Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, and Bordeaux. Among the women, Mme Camoin had come to Paris with her husband, and Mlle Florigny was recruited from the Gymnase dramatique. Five of the fifteen players were retained in the Odéon orchestra when it turned to music drama: the violinists Seghers, Rivals, and Delbouille and the flutist Advié.

Keywords: Soloists; orchestra; Odéon; Montano; Mme Camoin; Mlle Florigny

Chapter.  15211 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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