Wow, I’ve had quite a comics-heavy run lately, so let’s ease the transition with some opera-themed illustrations…
Somehow I stumbled upon the season illustrations for the Opéra Comique in Paris, which are adorable. They’re by Guillame Dégé, and I don’t know what vegetables have to do with any of the operas, but I’m loving it.
The line-up is quite interesting too, with about half baroque repertory and half early modern repertory, but all pretty off-the-beaten path.
Link to part two. ( Also, get this: Hahn was born in Venezuela to German-Jewish and Spanish descended parents, and was maybe in the closet, so a Hispanic, Jewish, gay, immigrant? Jeez, quadruple minority threat. )
All Images Copyright Guillame Dégé
I had never heard of Henri Rabaud though, but he’s there too, with the delightfully orientalist sounding Mârouf, The Cairo Cobbler, drawn from The Arabian Nights. Opéra Comique gave its premiere in 1914,and and it even made it to thMetropolitan Opera by 1917, so it had its moment. Here are some orchestral dances taken from the opera: