Carré, Michel (1819–1872)

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Michel Carré (1821 – 1872) was a French playwright and librettist. He went to Paris in 1840 intending to become a painter but took up writing instead. He wrote verse and plays before turning to writing libretti. He wrote the text for Charles Gounod’s Mireille on his own, and collaborated with Eugène Cormon on Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles. However, the majority of his libretti were completed in tandem with Jules Barbier, with whom he wrote the libretti for numerous operas, including Camille Saint-Saëns’s Le timbre d’argent , Gounod’s Faust , Roméo et Juliette, and Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann. Wikipedia


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