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Les Éclairs (Hersant) Paris 2021 Lanièce Bouchard-Lesieur Rougier Benoit

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  • Published by: OperaVision  
  • Date Published: 2021  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: yessubs, ensubs, frsubs  
  • This Recording is NOT AVAILABLE from a proper commercial or public source

Quote from Opera Comique:

Nowhere in Paris have we ever seen a light shine as bright and clear as in the new Opéra Comique !” celebrated the press in 1898 as the Salle Favart reopened, henceforth endowed with a fully electric equipment – A first in Europe.

So it’s no coincidence that the great AC power developer, Nikola Tesla is the hero of the operatic creation Les Eclairs at the Opéra Comique this year. Lightning bolts carrying a new energy that is easy to produce, control and transport, dispelling darkness and generating multiplied communications! Lightning bolts to ward off the flames which had destroyed the Opéra Comique back in 1887, due to the obsolescence of its gas equipment…

Lightning bolts were the accomplice of Nikola Tesla, American engineer of Serbian origin, born in the Austrian Empire in 1856, died in New York in 1943. Inner epiphanies and dazzling public experiments punctuated his life. Alternating current, transformers, transmitters and the likes first came to Tesla by intuition, as he experienced premonitory flashes. But there were so many pitfalls persuading industrials to finance his inventions, and many obstacles addressing public concerns over their uses! So, after the lab tests, Tesla showcased the demonstration of his findings, with one goal in mind: to offer his discoveries the widest possible range of application to interconnect people.

This universal vocation inhabited the worldly dandy and mad scientist, who was full of manias and phobias, and whose sense of publicity was inversely proportional to his businessman acumen. So much so that he died poor and lonely, though with the reputation of a benefactor of mankind.

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