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Richard Langham Smith

H. Delaborde : Notice sur la vie et les oeuvres de M. Ambroise Thomas (Paris, 1896) A. Jullien : ‘Ambroise Thomas’, RMI , 3 (1896), 358–66 J. Simon : ‘Ambroise Thomas’, Revue de Paris , 3/2 (1896), 98–111 H. Berlioz : ‘Le Caïd’, Les musiciens et la musique , ed. A. Hallays (Paris, 1903/ R ) A. Pougin : Musiciens du XIXe siècle (Paris, 1911) J. Combarieu : Histoire de la musique , 3 (Paris, 1919, 3/1947, rev. 1955/ R by R. Dumesnil ) C. Le Senne : ‘Période contemporaine: Ambroise Thomas (1811–1896)’, EMDC , I/3 (1921), 1697–1706 A. Luzio

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Elisabeth Lebeau

Fouque, ( Pierre ) Octave ( b Pau , Nov 12, 1844 ; d Pau , April 22, 1883 ). French musicologist and composer . After studying classics and harmony at Pau, he went to Paris, where he took organ lessons from Charles Chauvet and was admitted to Ambroise Thomas' composition class at the Conservatoire. In 1869 he competed unsuccessfully for the Prix de Rome, and in 1876 he became a librarian at the Conservatoire. His three operettas, choral works, songs, piano pieces and set of orchestral variations reveal skill and taste. He contributed to numerous

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Truus de Leur and Elizabeth Forbes

Canne-Meijer, Cora ( b Amsterdam , Aug 11, 1929 ). Dutch mezzo-soprano . She studied with Jan Keizer, and then in Vienna and Paris. In 1951 she joined the Netherlands Opera, playing the title role in Ambroise Thomas’ Mignon , Cherubino (which she sang at Glyndebourne in 1956 ), Dorabella, Rosina, Concepcion, Carmela, La Frugola, Preziosilla, Clairon, the Composer and Baba the Turk; she remained there for 25 years. She has appeared at Salzburg (Haydn’s Il mondo della luna , 1959 ) and Marseilles – in the French première of Bennett’s

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J.B. Steane

stage’. Her voice was light and agile, though some (like Beecham himself) considered that her mother had unwisely trained her as a coloratura soprano instead of cultivating the warm mezzo quality of her voice. She made a single record in 1938 , singing a song by her godfather, Ambroise Thomas, which had been given its first performance by her mother.

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( 1860 , after G. Griffin: The Collegians , or The Colleen Bawn ), later adapted by Boucicault and John Oxenford as the libretto for Benedict’s opera The Lily of Killarney ( 1862 ); and Arrah-na-Pogue ( 1865 ). With B. N. Webster Boucicault adapted an opéra comique by Ambroise Thomas, Le panier fleuri , for London, as The Fox and the Goose, or The Widow’s Husband ( 1844 , Adelphi Theatre). Bibliography DNB ( J. Knight ) J. W. Cole : The Life and Theatrical Times of Charles Kean, F.S.A . (London, 1860), 2, 119–32 C. E. Pascoe

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Christopher Smith

their librettos the most notable were Le panier fleuri , for Ambroise Thomas, and Le postillon de Lonjumeau, Le brasseur de Preston, Le roi d’Yvetot and Le roi des Halles , all for Adolphe Adam. Writings Opéras comiques and collaborations with A. de Leuven unless otherwise stated Le postillon de Lonjumeau , A. Adam , 1836; Le brasseur de Preston , Adam, 1838; Un conte d’autrefois , Monpou, 1838; Eva , N. Girard , 1839; Le panier fleuri, A. Thomas , 1839; Carline , Thomas, 1840; La reine Jeanne , L Bordèse and Monpou, 1840; Les deux

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François Sabatier

Marines , June 7, 1837 ; d Argentan , 28 / Jan 29, 1871 ). French organist and composer . He studied at the Paris Conservatoire with François Benoist (winning first prize for organ in 1860 ) and with Ambroise Thomas, who entrusted the post of répétiteur in his composition class to Chauvet. He was organist of several Parisian churches, first St Thomas-d’Aquin ( 1861 ), and then St Bernard-de-la-Chapelle, where he inaugurated the Cavaillé-Coll organ in 1863 before going to St Merri in 1866 . He was appointed organist of La Trinité in 1869 , and remained

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Irena Poniatowska

Lotto, Izydor ( b Warsaw , Dec 22, 1840 ; d Warsaw , July 13, 1927 ). Polish violinist and composer . Son of a Jewish street musician, he played the violin in Warsaw taverns. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire ( 1852–5 ) with J.L. Massart (violin) and Ambroise Thomas (composition), and won a premier prix in 1855 . His career as a soloist began in 1852 when he performed in the Salle Herz in Paris. In 1857 he gave three concerts in Warsaw (15, 18 and 19 February), in 1860 in Warsaw, Lublin and in 1861 played in Kraków; he also appeared

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Kelley Rourke

that role and Pamina at the Metropolitan Opera. Dunleavy has an affinity for the French repertory and has sung all four heroines in Les Contes d’Hoffmann , as well as leading roles in works by Berlioz (Héro), Bizet (Leila, Micaëla), Gounod (Marguerite), Massenet (Thais), and Ambroise Thomas (Ophélie). Other roles include Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto , Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi , and Christine Storch in Richard Strauss’s Intermezzo . Dunleavy has appeared in concert with the Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, San

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John Wagstaff

Lenepveu, Charles Ferdinand ( b Rouen , Oct 4, 1840 ; d Paris , Aug 16, 1910 ). French composer . He abandoned a projected legal career in 1862 and entered Ambroise Thomas’ composition class at the Conservatoire, where he won the Prix de Rome in 1865 . His stage career began in 1867–8 , when he won a competition organized by the Académie des Beaux-Arts for a comic opera. Lenepveu had to fight hard to hold the Opéra-Comique to a performance of the piece, Le Florentin , which finally received its première in 1874 . Its comparative lack of