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    Opéra de Vichy: Opéra de Vichy

    by gwened Written Jun 23, 2014

    A wonderful place to relax after a long day is to attend an opera at spa famous Vichy. It opens in 1902.

    All the operatic repertoire is given with an average 90 performances each summer, not to mention the performances of ballet, drama and varieties.
    In 1935, Richard Strauss chairs an international Congress of composers where seventeen nations are represented and directs "Salomé".

    The dark hours
    In July 40, Pétain Government moved to Vichy and the Opera is theatre of the vote of full powers to Pétain by deputies and senators, with the exception of 80 of them who bravely oppose. A plaque commemorating this Act of resistance is now affixed to the entrance of the Opera. It is only the shadow of an orchestra and the operas are supplanted by recitals, Chamber music, operettas and theatre

    The post-war period
    Opera found a thriving activity, orchestras and troops are reconstituted and pioneer in this area, Vichy organises summer artistic life from 1952 to 1963 in the form of festivals with magnificent productions.

    Gradually however, reflection of the decline of the spas, the activity decreased, orchestras and troops in residence are dwindling and then disappear in 1970.

    Opera welcomes nevertheless beautiful productions, but the room degrades slowly, marked by the outrage of the years and the fire of 1986. In 1987 the city acquired the building and committed with the help of the State and the Department of important restoration work under the guidance of Historic Monuments.

    Since 1995, the Opera has regained all its brilliance and again can accommodate very beautiful sights. The city has entrusted the management and operation to the "Heritage Musical de Vichy" association.

    This text is taken from an article written by Mrs Josette Alviset entitled "Vichy: music and cures" appeared in the Monuments historiques N ° 175, July 1991.

    there is a small museum Musée de l’Opéra de Vichy open from mid April to early December every day from 14h to 18h except Mondays and Holidays. 16 rue Maréchal Foch webpage here

    Dress Code: very nice, night gown, jacket no ties ok, shoes no sneakers this is an opera

    Op��ra Vichy hall des sources at opera entrance to pavillon opera pavillon des thermes at opera
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