"La muette de Portici" and Its Social Meaning in France in the Twenties and Thirties of the 19th Century


The Première of D. F. E. Auber’s and E. Scribe’s La muette de Portici is characterized in this paper as the important event in the political life in France on the eve of the July Revolution. The peculiarities of the libretto and the staging are examined, as well as comments in official and opposition periodicals. The notion of the role of La muette de Portici in the French musical theatre’s history is made more exact.