- Christopher Smith
(b Paris, 1803; d Paris, April 11, 1875). French theatre manager and librettist . He first made his name with historical fiction and drama of a Romantic kind and then, after making the fashionable journey to the Levant, with travel books. He subsequently devoted his energies to the theatre, writing comédies-vaudevilles and other plays, generally in collaboration and most often with Gustave Vaëz . Royer was director of the Théâtre de l’Odéon in Paris from 1853 to 1856, and (with Vaëz as deputy for the first four years) of the Opéra from 1856 to 1862, when he was appointed Inspecteur-général des beaux-arts. As well as writing the libretto for Donizetti’s La favorite (1840), Royer and Vaëz helped to make Italian opera accessible to the Parisian public with their French translations of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (1839), Rossini’s Otello (1844) and Verdi’s I Lombardi (as ...