Tibor Pintér in his article explores the close relationship between the French tragic theatrical tradition and the birth of the French Baroque opera, the tragédie en musique. The main aim of this exploration is to show the attributes of this connection by studying the contemporary accounts. The chosen texts are by Jean-Baptiste Dubos, Louis Racine (the great French poet’s son), Voltaire and Denis Diderot. With these accounts the author clarifies the idiosyncrasy of Jean-Baptiste Lully’s musical thinking and the nature of the theatrical performance in Jean Racine’s stage. These idiosyncratic issues prove that both performance practices were based on mutuality and raises the question of some critical points of the contemporary musical performances of Lully’s operas.

Released: Replika 77, 205–214.
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