L’Opéra-Comique Named as National Theater

Le Figaro is reporting that L’Opéra-Comique has been decreed an “établissement public à caractère industriel et commercial” under French law. Its charter is to provide a broad diversity of “expressions” from Baroque to contemporary creations. This decree goes into effect on January 1, 2005. Ostensibly, this designation will result in substantial financial support from the French government. Its current director, Jérome Savary, as well as the present chairwoman, Marie-Yvonne of Saint-Pulgent, will remain in place until their successors are named.
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G L Hoffman