Saint-Saëns, (Charles) Camille (opera)
- Hugh Macdonald
(b Paris, 9 Oct 1835; d Algiers, 16 Dec 1921). French composer. He was prolific in all spheres of music, performed in France as pianist, organist and conductor, cultivated many intellectual pursuits and left extensive writings. Within this vast range of activity lay an abiding interest in opera. He composed 12 operas, along with ballets, incidental music, dramatic choral works and even a film score, and acted as his own librettist when required. Although most of his operas were performed and revived in his lifetime, only one, ...