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David Charlton

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(b Lyons, 1750; d Paris, May 1836). French composer and singer . He went to Paris, according to Fétis, in 1779 and taught music; from about 1781 to 1785 he published songs and keyboard arrangements. On 1 November 1788, a scène by Foignet was given at the Concert Spirituel. In 1791, when it became a common right in France to open a theatre, he began to compose stage works, initially in collaboration with Louis Victor Simon. These were primarily opéras comiques or vaudevilles and enjoyed much success; most are lost.

From 1798 to 1809 Foignet was (with Simon) one of five joint administrators of the Théâtre Montansier, and in 1801 took over the Théâtre des Jeunes-Artistes, rue de Bondy, where he ran a highly regarded troupe with his son François Foignet, who was chief conductor. Almost nothing is known of Foignet after 1807, when most small theatres were closed by Napoleon....


(b early 18th century; d 1754). French composer and singer, possibly the sister or daughter of Honoré-Claude Guédon de Presles. She worked at the Paris court theatre as a singer, actress and composer under the name ‘Mlle Guédon’. From 1748, when she appeared in the entrée La vue from Mouret’s Le triomphe des sens, she sang many secondary roles at the Théâtre de la Reine. More notable operas in which she appeared were Collasse’s Thétis et Pélée, Mouret’s Les amours de dieux and Campra’s Tancrède (all 1748), and Lully’s Bellérophon (1749). Her name also appears in details of three opera performances in the dauphine’s salon: Lully’s Armide in 1749 and Campra’s Hésione and Lully’s Phaëton (both 1750). Other performances in which she sang included Campra’s L’Europe galante (1750–52), Les élémens by Lalande and Destouches and Lully’s Roland (both 1751), and lastly ...