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 (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 1819 (Besançon), Died June 27, 1872 (Argenteuil)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: librettist, lyricist

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 29 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CVE-11604 12-in. 7/12/1928 Gems from Mignon Victor Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra librettist  
Victor C-11604 12-in. 2/20/1912 Gems from Mignon Victor Light 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.) 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.) [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.) 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.) WL1259 10-in. 10/9/1928 Chanson du petit pâtre Élie Cohen ; Andrée Vavon Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX1666 12-in. 2/13/1933 Connais-tu le pays Germaine Cernay ; Élie Cohen Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX1798 12-in. 6/8/1934 Duo de Nadier et Zurga Pierre Deldi ; José Luccioni Vocal duet (tenor and baritone), with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WL2097 10-in. 3/6/1930 Cavatine: Salut, demeure chaste et pure, 1 re partie Eugène Bigot ; Georges Thill Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WL2099 10-in. 3/6/1930 Cavatine: Salut, demeure chaste et pure, 1 re partie Eugène Bigot ; Georges Thill Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WL3327 10-in. approximately November 10, 1931 Enfin me voila seul, 1re partie Élie Cohen ; Pierre Deldi Male vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WL3328 10-in. approximately November 10, 1931 Enfin me voila seul, 2e partie Élie Cohen ; Pierre Deldi Male vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WL3525 10-in. 2/7/1932 Cavatine Anges du paradi Andre d'Arkor ; Élie Cohen Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) CL4913 10-in. 6/8/1934 Chanson bachique Élie Cohen ; Pierre Deldi Baritone vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) CL5975 10-in. 12/2/1936 Romance de Nadir Marcel Carivan ; Tino Rossi Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WLBX122 12-in. October 1932 Elle ne croyait pas Andre d'Arkor ; Maurice Bastin ; Orchestre du Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
(Results 1-25 of 29 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Carré, Michel," accessed May 28, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104652.

Carré, Michel. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 28, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104652.

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