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Nicolo Isouard

Nicolas Isouard (also known as Nicolò, Nicolò Isoiar or Nicolò de Malte; 16 May 1773 in Porto Salvo, Valletta, Malta – 23 March 1818 in Paris) was a French (Maltese born) composer.

Isouard studied in Rabat or Mdina with Francesco Azopardi, in Palermo with Giuseppe Amendola, and in Naples with Nicola Sala and Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi. From 1795 he was organist at St. John de Gerusalemme in Valletta at the Conventual Church of the Order of Saint John, San Giovanni di Malta.

He moved to Paris, where he worked as a free composer and befriended composer Rodolphe Kreutzer. The pair worked together on several operas, including Le petit page ou La prison d'état (1800) and Flaminius à Corinthe (1801). Isouard adopted the pseudonym Nicolò (or Nicolò de Malte) and found rapid success in the field of opéra comique with Michel-Ange (1802) and L'intrigue aux fenêtres (1805). He composed regularly for the Théâtre de l'Opéra-Comique, writing some thirty works for them.

He composed masses, motets, cantatas, romances, and duos, along with over 45 operas.

Isouard had two daughters, Sophie-Nicole (1809–?), a composer of romances, and Annette-Julie (1814–1876), a pianist and composer. His brother Joseph (1794–1863) had a career as a singer and opera director before being named inspector of historic monuments in Rouen. Nicolas Isouard was buried in Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. A bust of the composer was placed on one of the facades of both the Théâtre de l'Opéra-Comique and the Palais Garnier, and one of the main squares in Paris was given his name.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 16, 1773 (Żebbuġ Malta), Died March 23, 1818 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1902 - 1905

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1398 7-in. 5/20/1902 Dans un délire extrème Monsieur Fernand Baritone vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1398 10-in. 5/20/1902 Dans un délire extrème Monsieur Fernand Baritone vocal solo composer  
Victor B-1455 10-in. 6/9/1904 Romance joconde Monsieur Fernand Baritone vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-2355 10-in. 3/1/1905 Romance joconde : Dans un delire extreme Marcel Journet Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Isouard, Nicolo," accessed December 9, 2022,

Isouard, Nicolo. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 9, 2022, from

"Isouard, Nicolo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 9 December 2022.

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