- James R. Anthony
(b Riom, Auvergne, Sept 7, 1671; d Paris, Feb 21, 1748). French librettist. He studied first with the Oratorians of Riom, then in Paris with the Jesuits. A Latin poem on the taking of Mons won him a chair of rhetoric at Chartres in 1692, after a year he returned to Paris. In 1696 he found employment as tutor to two children in the home of Colbert de Turgis, but the great success of his first opera, Hésione (music by André Campra, 1700), alarmed the puritanical de Turgis family. He refused to stop writing librettos, and a trial ensued that was decided in his favour.
Danchet first collaborated with Campra on a divertissement, Vénus, feste galante, performed on 27 January 1698 at the home of the Duchesse de la Ferté. Between 1698 and 1740 Danchet provided Campra with librettos for 18 works: eight tragédies en musique, three ...