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date: 12 December 2019

Guyenet, Pierre locked

  • Nicole Wild


(d Paris, 20/Aug 30, 1712). French administrator . He was granted the licence of the Opéra (Académie Royale de Musique) by a deed signed on 5 October 1704, when the current managers, Jean-Nicolas de Francine and Hyacinthe de Gauréault Dumont, became overwhelmed by debt. In exchange the new manager undertook to pay salaries, pensions, the entertainment tax and all the debts of the Opéra. He was also to pay an annual pension of 75 000 livres to Francine and one of 25 000 livres to Dumont. Despite his financial experience, Guyenet failed. In eight years he burdened the Opéra with debt, leaving liabilities in the region of 400 000 livres. He ruined his family and his own health. Hounded by his creditors, he took refuge in his theatre at the Palais-Royal and died there. On his death his creditors, represented by their delegates, the receivers, negotiated with Francine and Dumont....

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