Stage and street, costumes and masks, mime and puppetry...
The Opera Library
holds materials recounting more than four centuries of activities from the Paris Opera
to the Opéra-Comique
- mock-ups of costumes and sets, both flat and three dimensional
- production books
- engravings, photographs, and posters
- programs and press packs
- paintings, drawings, and sculptures inspired by performances and lyrical artists.
These collections also feature administrative and private archives, souvenirs, and documents from composers (Massenet, Hervé, etc.), librettists (e.g. Barbier), singers (Maria Malibran, Jean Emile Vanni-Marcoux, Lucienne Bréval, Régine Crespin, etc.) set designers, (André Boll, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Ezio Frigerio, etc.), and administrators (Jacques Rouché for the Opera and Pierre-Barthélemy Gheusi for the Opéra-Comique).
The Performing Arts department holds books and journals on opera and operetta as well as librettos from the Opera, the Opéra-Comique, the Répertoire du Théâtre-Italien and the Théâtre de la Foire.
The department also holds a large number of graphic materials, drawings, engravings, mock-ups of sets and costumes, and stage costumes. Collections also include books of press cuttings on composers, French and foreign lyrical singers, performances (including in particular a set of documents on performances by Wagner), and festivals. The department also holds programs from the main Parisian and provincial opera houses.
Also available for consultation is correspondence, including in particular that of lyrical artists Mary Viard and Gabrielle Ristori, as well as the collection of lyrical singer Jane Gatineau