1 - Period engraving of the Opéra-Comique or second Salle Favart in its full glory in 1864
After the 1838 fire, a new house was inaugurated in 1840 until another blaze destroyed it again in 1887, killing 84 people. The existing theater was inaugurated in 1898
2 - French composer Jules Massenet’s historic piece of ephemera from the second 1887 fire
Jules Massenet (1842-1912) was one of Opéra-Comique’s most beloved composers. These fragments of the boxes’ wallpapers with annotations in his hand are one-of-a-kind relics from his own collection!
3 - Duprez, Gilbert and Carolina - Vintage Print
French tenor Gilbert Duprez (1806-1896) and daughter soprano Caroline Duprez (1832-1875) posing together in a 19th century print, ca. 1851.
Duprez created many roles, while Carolina, died at age 43 of tuberculosis.
4 - Miolan-Carvalho, Caroline
French soprano Caroline Miolan-Carvalho (1827-1895) for Parisian weekly “Camées artistiques”, posing as an "ingénue" Marguerite (“Faust”).
5 - Belhomme, Hippolyte in Le Postillon de Longjumeau
French bass-baritone Hippolyte Belhomme (1854-1923) as a farcical Biju in Adolphe Adam’s opera « Le Postillon de Longjumeau », Monnaie, Brussels, 1907.