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date: 17 August 2019

Bertin, Louise(-Angélique)locked

  • Hugh Macdonald

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(b Les Roches, Jan 15, 1805; d Paris, April 26, 1877). French composer. She was the daughter of Louis Bertin and sister of Armand Bertin, successive proprietors and editors of the influential Journal des débats. She was brought up in an artistic and literary milieu, and her energies were channelled into painting and poetry as well as music. She had singing lessons from Fétis, who directed a private performance in 1825 of her first opera, Guy Mannering, following the current fashion for Scott’s novels, with a libretto written by herself. In 1827 Le loup-garou, to a libretto by Scribe, was produced at the Opéra-Comique. But this one-act opera of intrigue, with its Rossinian music, was less characteristic of her lofty aspirations than the two larger operas that followed: Fausto in 1831 for the Théâtre Italien, in which a marked originality of style was observed, and Esmeralda, produced at the Opéra in ...

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