Inspired by a legend of the thirteenth century, the opera Robert the Devil was performed for the first time on the stage of the Académie royale de musique in November 1831. This opera written by the German composer Giacomo Meyerbeer to a libretto by Eugène Scribe and Germain Delavigne was an immediate success that would last until the end of the century.Duponchel's staging and Pierre Ciceri's extraordinary sets will also contribute to this success. Robert the Devil is a romantic drama tinged with medievalism; it influenced many later musical dramas and helped establish the model of French grand opera.
The series of stereoscopic images devoted to the opera Robert the Devil was deposited in 1868 by Adolphe Block.These are small scenes made of plaster and then photographed by Louis Alfred Habert. A student of Pradier, Habert began the production of plays and operas around 1858. He quickly joined forces with Adolphe Block, who edited and disseminated his views. Stereoscopic cards are so-called illuminated views or transparent views. In this very particular type of production, a photograph is printed on a very thin paper at the back of which a thin sheet of colored paper has been placed by hand. When the image is placed in the light it then appears in color.
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