Du style galant au style méchant

Du style galant au style méchant is an opera cycle written for radio by composer Germaine Tailleferre and librettist Denise Centore.[1] The cycle consistes of five short one act French language chamber operas, each one written to parody a different operatic form or style. The four surviving operas are La fille d'opéra (a parody of Jean-Philippe Rameau), Le bel ambitieux (a parody of Giacomo Rossini), La pauvre Eugénie (a parody of Gustave Charpentier), and Monsieur Petit Pois achète un château (a parody of Jacques Offenbach).[2] The cycle had its world premiere on December 28, 1955 in a performance by the Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française.[1]

In November 2014 portions of the cycle were staged by director Marie-Eve Signeyrole at the Opéra de Limoges [fr] in Originaux & Pastiches; a pastiche created using music from all four radio operas along with music from Rameau's Platée, Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Charpentier's Louise, and Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann. The cast included Magali Arnault-Stanczak, Kimy McLaren, Jean-Michel Richer, and Dominique Côté.[2]


  1. ^ a b Catherine Miller (2003). Jean Cocteau, Guillaume Apollinaire, Paul Claudel et le groupe des six: rencontres poético-musicales autour des mélodies et des chansons. Editions Mardaga. p. 110.
  2. ^ a b Opéra de Limoges. "L'opéra français, Du style galant au style méchant" (PDF). www.operalimoges.fr. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 18, 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)