Don Juan at the Opéra-Comique: Three Perspectives from the Theatre to the Théâtrophone

On November 12, 1904, the Opéra-Comique presented a new staging of Mozart's Don Juan. The cast featured some of the most popular singers of the day, including Maurice Renaud, Jeanne Marcy, and Bessie Abbott. And, thanks to the théâtrophone, would-be opera-goers could hear it without actually needing to venture into the theatre.

In these imagined journal entries, three Parisians take in this production from the Opéra-Comique, the Café Anglais, and the comfort of their own home. Their experiences vary as dramatically as their locations.