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 27th, 1872 (Argenteuil)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1928
Roles Represented in DAHR: librettist
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Carré, Michel," accessed September 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104652.
Carré, Michel. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104652.
"Carré, Michel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 September 2021.
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