Opéra Comique

Opéra Comique

The Opéra Comique, located in Paris, France, is one of the country's oldest and most renowned opera houses.

Perpetuating the Past, Turning Towards the Future

Opéra Comique

The Opéra Comique was established under the rule of Louis XIV in 1714. It was originally named Comique for the specific opera genre it showcases, interspersing sung lines and spoken drama. In its more than 300 years of history, the Opéra Comique has cycled through times of turbulence – its theater burned down twice – and renowned prestige. Today, Opera Comique showcases opera that is considered more similar to traditional Paris operas, and presents roughly eight each year. In 2005, the institution was listed on the register of national theaters and, since then, has been recognized for its impressive productions and commitment to social responsibility.

In 2020, the Opéra Comique began distributing the "Malvina et Denise Menda" scholarships for young lyric singers. Over the course of 15 years, five scholarships will be awarded each year to young singers at the start of their careers and to previously trained musicians from low-income backgrounds. This and other similar programs enable the Opéra Comique to showcase today's talents and cultivate the diverse voices that will make up tomorrow's talents.

GRoW Support

2008

Production - Porgy and Bess