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date: 27 January 2020

Du Locle, Camille locked

  • Steven Huebner

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(b Orange, July 16, 1832; d Capri, Oct 9, 1903). French theatre director and librettist . After serving as an assistant to his uncle Emile Perrin during his tenure as director of the Paris Opéra from 1862 to 1870, Du Locle administered the Opéra-Comique with Adolphe de Leuven from 1870 to 1874, and alone from 1874 to 1876. As a director he is best remembered for having mounted the première of Bizet’s Carmen in 1875, a controversial production that met with little initial success. Du Locle also championed the works of Gounod at the Opéra-Comique following the demise of the Théâtre Lyrique in the late 1860s.‘At last [Boieldieu’s] La dame blanche is no longer making money’, he is said to have once exclaimed, with epigrammatic verve reflective of a fundamentally innovatory spirit. He was a close friend of Ernest Reyer, with whom he collaborated as librettist on Sigurd (...

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