Theaville is a literary and musical search tool about the eighteenth century Fairground Theatres.
Its database contains more than 200 operas parodies and more than a thousand of vaudevilles (from the classical or popular music).
Theaville is published by CETHEFI (Centre d'étude des théâtres de la Foire et de la Comédie-Italienne).
The dramatic operas parodies represent a huge cultural heritage from the XVIIIth century. They have been underrated linked to their minor artistic status (beyond the bounds of the more famous creations of the Royal Academy of Music) but also because of the ignorance of a substantial part of them and because of the difficulty in tackling the various levels of understanding inherent to some of these tracks. However, studying the phenomenon of opera parody allows us to better understand the masterpieces of the lyric art as well as to get more familiar with the conditions of the artistic creation during the Ancien Régime.
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