Vaucorbeil, Auguste Emmanuel
- Andrew Lamb
(b Rouen, Dec 15, 1821; d Paris, Nov 2, 1884). French theatre administrator and composer . He was the son of a famous French actor known as Ferville. He entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1835, studied under Marmontel, Victor-Charles-Paul Dourlen and Cherubini and took the second prix for solfège in 1838. In 1871 he became professor of vocal ensemble at the Conservatoire, in 1872 government commissioner of subsidized theatres, in 1878 Inspector General for the Arts, and from 1879 director of the Opéra. Works seen there for the first time during his term of office included Aida, Gounod’s Le tribut de Zamora, Thomas’ Françoise de Rimini and Saint-Saëns’ Henri VIII.
His compositions included the opéra comiqueBataille d’amour (Paris, Opéra-Comique, Salle Favart, 13 April 1863), the scène lyriqueLa mort de Diane (performed at the Conservatoire by Gabrielle Krauss in 1870), the opera Mahomet (of which only a few excerpts were performed), songs and orchestral and chamber music....