By Victoria Johnson
Sifting via royal edicts, deepest letters, and progressive documents of all types, Johnson uncovers the roots of the Opera’s survival in its identification as a uniquely privileged icon of French culture—an identification confirmed via the stipulations of its founding 100 years prior lower than Louis XIV. Johnson’s wealthy cultural background strikes among either epochs, taking readers behind the curtain to work out how a motley group of singers, dancers, royal ministers, poet marketers, shady managers, and the king of France all performed an element within the production and protection of 1 of the world’s such a lot fabled cultural institutions.
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This decision cleared the way for the Municipality to begin deliberations on the theaters in earnest. The matters needing attention included requests for moving permits, the scheduling of performances during the Easter holidays, and, of course, the precarious situation of the Opera. The first order of business, however, was to formalize the city's control over the Parisian theaters, and on February 27,1790, the Assembly therefore decreed that "the right to administer all the theaters currently extant in the capital, without excepting the Opera, belongs to the Commune, and .
33 The Council took up the matter less than a week later, passing two resolutions concerning the Opera on April 7.
The Opera would have done very well financially under their direction, the artists claimed, had it not been for the fire 50 CHAPTER TWO of 1781, which destroyed the second Palais-Royal opera house and forced the move to the Porte Saint-Martin. In the face of Viotti's attempts to take over the Opera, they believed the moment had come to call publicly for the right to "autogestion"—self-administration: We must take advantage of this circumstance to note the surprise and pain caused us by Mr. Viotti's publication, his pretentions, and his plans.
Backstage at the Revolution: How the Royal Paris Opera Survived the End of the Old Regime by Victoria Johnson