its studies, Cambaceres joins again the family relations slack by his father. It attends the living rooms of the noblesse de robe montpelliéraine
and takes the practice to pass its evenings to the theatre. Its name appears
in second position on the list of the free places conceded with the
municipality by the contractor of the spectacles.
Arrived to Paris,
Cambaceres keeps its practices and attends the theatres assiduously. If the
conventional one seems to be a rather anonymous spectator, after Brumaire,
the presence of the second character of the State is noticed.
A few days after Marengo, Cambaceres assists the 01/07/1800 with the theatre
of the Troubadours to a light comedy “the unexpected news or the
Resumption of Italy”. The 28/05/1801 its presence is noticed with the
Opera where it attends accompanied by the count de Livourne “Iphigénie”.
The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer notes in his “Journal of
voyage” that Cambaceres assists on Wednesday 14/12 /1803 with the
Feydeau theatre to 2 opera-puff out “My aunt Aurore” by Longchamps
and “the Turkish Doctor” by Gouffé and Villiers.
spectator, Cambaceres attends almost every evening the large Parisian
theatres (Opera, Théâtre Français, Feydeau, Variétés…). It is thus quite
naturally that the weekly receptions finish with the theatre:
- Tuesday, Cambaceres invites its guests to the Opera, where it has a cabin:
the 24/01/1804, Schopenhauer notices the presence of Cambaceres to the
representation of “Anacréon at Polycrate” by Gretry. According to
certain testimonys, it falls asleep regularly with the sound of the music.
- saturdays, the walk of the Palais Royal leads it to the theatre of the
Varieties where it seems to be more assiduous than with the Opera.
the Emperor, Cambaceres must be posted with a mistress: it chooses an
actress with the mode Henriette Guizot which occurs with the theatre of the
Varieties, where she sings verses grivois disguised as a young man (see
above thesmall cabin or Archifou). Cambaceres attends the
representations in its bath-tub of apron, where the actress joined it at the
end of the spectacle.
Under the Restoration, it seems that Cambaceres does
not attend any more the theatres, undoubtedly seek not to draw the attention
of the new government ?
LES DEPENSES DE THEATRE
Under the Consulate and the Empire, Cambaceres
devotes important sums to the hiring of cabins in various Parisian theatres.
On average, the expenditure amounts to 14.000 F/year (as comparison the
annual wages of a good Parisian workman are 1.500 F).