The opera was very short-lived, as it was quickly banned in Paris after its premiere. The spectacle of a weak king going insane was a little too close for comfort for contemporary Parisians as it resembled the reign of Louis Philippe I, who had ascended to the throne in 1830. The opera was shelved for 7 years, but by sheer coincidence, “on three successive performances someone in the audience dropped dead after the aria God Punish Him and Strike Him Low.” Given such ominous circumstances, the opera once more disappeared from the stage. Attracted by the strong patriotic sentiments presented in the opera, Napoleon III order the revival of the opera in 1858. However, “on his way to the theater, revolutionists threw a bomb at the imperial coach. Napoleon and the empress escaped uninjured, but there were many killed in the crowd.” As you might well imagine, the performance of Charles VI was canceled on that night, and the work never regained a foothold on the operatic stage. Make sure you check your health and your surroundings if ever Charles VI comes to a stage near you!
Fromental Halévy: Charles VI, “Eh! bien, puisque les morts au plaisir sont rebelles”