The Paris Opera
The Management and Governance
of a Major Cultural Institution

A book written by Philippe Agid &
Jean-Claude Tarondeau


Topics discussed

Several durable characteristics of the institution emerge from the historical models of The Paris Opera, since its creation by Louis XIV:

  • Close links between the Opera and the State
  • Public control always present but not always effective; a permanent tendency for glamour and big shows
  • More frequent ballet activities than in the compared foreign opera houses,
  • Institutional highs and lows of governance,
  • Surprisingly, constant statistics in programming since the middle of the 19th century: a limited number of titles represent the larger number of opera performances.

Représentation de Robert le Diable
A representation of Robert le Diable by Meyerbeer during the Second Empire