chapter  13
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In the mid-nineteenth century the split between grand opera and opéra comique took a new twist. Grand opera was supposed to be in five acts, was to have ballet in the second, third, or fourth acts, was to have no dialogue (only recitative), and was to have an historically or biblically based story, with noble causes being sung about. Spectacle, the bigger and more lavish the better, was important, too.