Paris Opera and Ballet
France's primary opera and ballet company is one of the world's oldest and largest cultural institutions.
The Opéra Comique was established under the rule of Louis XIV in 1714. It was originally named Comique for the specific opera genre that it showcases, interspersing sung lines and spoken drama. In its 300-plus years of history, the Opéra Comique has cycled through times of turbulence — its Paris theater burned down twice – and prestige. Several beloved operas premiered in this hallowed musical hall, including Georges Bizet's Carmen, Jules Massenet's Manon, and Claude Debussy's Pelléas and Mélisande. Today, the Opera Comique showcases traditional French operas and contemporary creations in the genre at its neo-Baroque home of Salle Favart, and the company also furthers its love of opera by touring domestically and internationally.
Production - Porgy and Bess