Nuitter [Truinet], Charles-Louis-Etienne
- Jeffrey Cooper
(b Paris, April 24, 1828; d Paris, 23/Feb 24, 1899). French librettist, writer on music and librarian. His real name was Truinet, of which ‘Nuitter’ is an anagram. He studied law and by 1849 was practising in Paris. In the 1850s he began writing librettos in his spare time. His first performed work, a vaudeville entitled L’amour dans un ophicléide (1854), was followed by more vaudevilles and later by operas, opéras comiques, opéras bouffes, operettas and ballets. Usually writing with collaborators, in particular Beaumont (Alexandre Beaume), Nérée Desarbres and Etienne Tréfeu, he produced more than 60 works, many of which reveal facility and wit. He wrote for Offenbach (Les bavards, Vert-vert, La princesse de Trébizonde and many more), Delibes (La source, Coppélia), Guiraud (Le Kobold, Gretna-Green, Piccolino), Lalo (Namouna), Lecocq (Le coeur et la main) and at least 18 other composers. One of the first Frenchmen to appreciate Wagner, he translated ...