Massé, Victor (opera) [Félix Marie ]
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[Félix Marie ]
(b Lorient, March 7, 1822; d Paris, July 5, 1884). French composer . He moved to Paris as a child, and entered the Conservatoire in October 1834. After some years of study with Halévy, he won the Prix de Rome in 1844 for his cantata Le rénégat de Tanger. In Rome he composed a mass and an opera, La favorite e la schiava (c 1845). After returning to Paris, having travelled through Italy and Germany, he composed many songs and romances, but found little success in opera until La chanteuse voilée (1850), followed by the more ambitious Galathée (1852). The following year he obtained a major success with Les noces de Jeannette, in which his recent bride Marie Miolan appeared in the title role, as also in La reine Topaze (1856), in which Massé incorporated (in Act 2) variations on Petrella’s ...