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Jules Barbier

Paul Jules Barbier (8 March 1825 – 16 January 1901) was a French poet, writer and opera librettist who often wrote in collaboration with Michel Carré. He was a noted Parisian bon vivant and man of letters.

His libretti for extant operas (those co-written with Carré are shown with an asterisk) include:

  • Charles Gounod:
    • La Colombe, Faust (*), Le médecin malgré lui (*), Philémon et Baucis, Polyeucte, La reine de Saba and Roméo et Juliette (*)
  • Victor Massé:
    • Galathée
    • Les Saisons (*)
  • Giacomo Meyerbeer:
    • Le pardon de Ploërmel (later revised as Dinorah)
  • Jacques Offenbach:
    • The Tales of Hoffmann
  • Camille Saint-Saëns:
    • Le timbre d'argent
  • Ambroise Thomas:
    • Hamlet (*), Mignon (*) and Françoise de Rimini (*).

He also wrote the libretto for La Guzla de l'Émir, a one-act comic opera by Georges Bizet. This was never performed and probably destroyed.

He wrote the scenario for Léo Delibes' ballet Sylvia. Charles Gounod wrote incidental music to Barbier's play Jeanne d'Arc, and the libretto to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's opera The Maid of Orleans was partially based on it.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1825 (Paris), Died 1901 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: librettist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-11604 12-in. 2/20/1912 Gems from Mignon Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra librettist  
Victor CVE-11604 12-in. 7/12/1928 Gems from Mignon Victor Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra librettist  
Victor B-20539 10-in. 9/6/1917 Chanson du tigre Eva Gauthier Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia 77021 10-in. 5/3/1917 Barcarolle Charles Harrison Male vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia 79034 10-in. 3/8/1920 Flower song Lucy Gates Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia 79148 10-in. 4/29/1920 Doll song Lucy Gates Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia 79225 10-in. 6/2/1920 Si le bonheur Barbara Maurel Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Brunswick XE28460 12-in. 10/8/1928 Let me gaze Mario Chamlee ; Florence Easton Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra librettist  
Edison 3790 10-in. 5/14/1915 Ah! Malgré moi Julia Heinrich Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barbier, Jules," accessed July 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102697.

Barbier, Jules. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102697.

"Barbier, Jules." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102697

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