The Mise en Scène of Rossinis Le Siège de Corinthe and the Conventions of Staging at the Paris Opéra in the 1820s
Focusing on the livret of Rossinis Le Siège de Corinthe (Opéra, 9 October 1826), recently made available through the work of H. Robert Cohen, this thesis reexamines the conventions of staging at the Opéra during the 1820s. It shows that staging had largely been rooted in Baroque conventions until ca. 1800, broke with these conventions between 1800 and 1827, and—after the appointment of the Comité de mises en scène (April 1827) and régisseur de la scène Jean-Pierre Solomé (September 1827)—consolidated the new conventions explored in Le Siège. Although the Comité and Solomé were instrumental in implementing these conventions, their influence has been overstated (Bartlet). This thesis shows that many of Solomés ideas were already being explored in Le Siège and thus cannot be exclusively attributed to the appointment of the Comité in 1827; rather, they are an extension of trends that had already been explored.
Advisor:Andreas Giger; Jan Herlinger; Robert Peck
School Location:USA - Louisiana
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:04/04/2008