Barbe bleue : comédie en prose et en trois actes

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Although the story of Bluebeard was familiar to French readers from Charles Perrault’s 1698 collection of children’s tales, transferring it to the operatic stage was problematic due in large part to the gruesome nature of the plot. Other violent works had appeared in Paris, but in this instance, the drama was to be performed at the Comédie-Italienne, which typically featured lighter plots than that of Raoul and Isaure. Nevertheless, the opera had a successful run, receiving over a hundred performances in the decade after its premiere. After its initial popularity, Raoul Bluebeard was staged less frequently, but it still made ... continued below

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1 score (149 p.) ; 33 cm.

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Grétry, André Ernest Modeste, 1741-1813 & Sedaine, 1719-1797 1789.

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  • Main Title: Barbe bleue : comédie en prose et en trois actes
  • Uniform Title: Raoul Barbe Bleue

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Although the story of Bluebeard was familiar to French readers from Charles Perrault’s 1698 collection of children’s tales, transferring it to the operatic stage was problematic due in large part to the gruesome nature of the plot. Other violent works had appeared in Paris, but in this instance, the drama was to be performed at the Comédie-Italienne, which typically featured lighter plots than that of Raoul and Isaure. Nevertheless, the opera had a successful run, receiving over a hundred performances in the decade after its premiere. After its initial popularity, Raoul Bluebeard was staged less frequently, but it still made an impression on nineteenth-century composers, particularly Weber.

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1 score (149 p.) ; 33 cm.

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  • 1789

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  • Oct. 17, 2005, 5:11 p.m.

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  • June 14, 2011, 1:36 p.m.

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Grétry, André Ernest Modeste, 1741-1813 & Sedaine, 1719-1797. Barbe bleue : comédie en prose et en trois actes, score, 1789; Paris. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc17/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Music Library.