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Michel Carré

Michel Carré (20 October 1821, Besançon – 27 June 1872, Argenteuil) was a prolific French 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 (1864) 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 (libretto written in 1864, first performed in 1877), Gounod's Faust (1859), Roméo et Juliette (1867), and Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann (1881). As with the other libretti by Barbier and himself, these were adaptations of existing literary masterworks.

His son, Michel-Antoine Carré (1865–1945), followed in his father's footsteps, also writing libretti, and later directing silent films. His nephew Albert Carré (1852–1938) also wrote libretti.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 21, 1819 (Besançon), Died June 28, 1872 (Argenteuil)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: librettist, lyricist

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 52 records)

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 79034 10-in. 3/8/1920 Flower 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  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX45 12-in. 2/11/1927 Cavatine Philippe Gaubert ; Georges Thill Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX46 12-in. 2/11/1927 Acte 2: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée Philippe Gaubert ; Georges Thill Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX169 12-in. approximately November 21, 1927 Si les filles d'Arles Élie Cohen ; Louis Guénot Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX299 12-in. 3/19/1928 Valse Désiré Defauw ; Anna Talifert Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX380 12-in. approximately June 4, 1928 Il était un roi de Thule Marise Beaujon ; Georges Truc Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX381 12-in. approximately June 4, 1928 Air des bijoux Marise Beaujon ; Georges Truc Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX501 10-in. 6/29/1928 Scene de l'eglise, 1re partie Marise Beaujon ; Fred Bordon ; Gabriel Grovlez ; Opéra de Paris Chœur ; Opéra de Paris Orchestre Vocal duet (soprano and bass), with vocal chorus librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX502 10-in. 6/29/1928 Scene de l'eglise, 2e partie Marise Beaujon ; Fred Bordon ; Gabriel Grovlez ; Opéra de Paris Chœur ; Opéra de Paris Orchestre Vocal duet (soprano and bass), with vocal chorus librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX584 12-in. 10/13/1928 Au bruit des lourds marteaux Armand Narçon ; Georges Truc Bass vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX585 12-in. 10/13/1928 Écoutez, écoutez, c'est l'orage Armand Narçon ; Georges Truc Bass vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) [Col cat DF-614 A] 10-in. before 1932 Melouka, la rose de Marrakech Pierre Chagnon ; Edmond Rambaud Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX809 12-in. 1/15/1929 Mort de Valentin Charles Cambon ; Philippe Gaubert ; Opéra de Paris Chœur ; Opéra de Paris Orchestre Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX810 12-in. 1/15/1929 Choral des Epées Fred Bordon ; Charles Cambon ; Philippe Gaubert ; Opéra de Paris Chœur ; Opéra de Paris Orchestre Vocal duet (bass and baritone), with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX901 12-in. 3/8/1929 Couplets: "Qu'ils sont doux" Élie Cohen ; Lucien Fugère Male vocal solo, with piano librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WL933 10-in. 2/25/1928 Ronde du veau d'or Fred Bordon ; Fernand Heurteur Bass vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WL935 10-in. 2/25/1928 Sérénade Fred Bordon ; Fernand Heurteur Bass vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WL969 10-in. 3/12/1928 De mon amie fleur endormie Élie Cohen ; Joseph Rogatchewsky Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX1196 12-in. 12/6/1929 Le tombeau Germaine Féraldy ; J. E. Szyfer ; Georges Thill Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX1197 12-in. 12/6/1929 Le tombeau Germaine Féraldy ; J. E. Szyfer ; Georges Thill Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra librettist  
(Results 1-25 of 52 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Carré, Michel," accessed May 28, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104652.

Carré, Michel. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 28, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104652.

"Carré, Michel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 28 May 2024.

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