Léon Battu

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Léon Battu was a French dramatist, born 1829 [1] in Paris, where he died on 22 November 1857.


Life and career

The son of Pantaléon Battu (1799–1870), a violinist and assistant conductor at the Opéra de Paris, [2] and brother of the soprano Marie Battu (1838-1888) who created Inès in L'Africaine , [2] he wrote many vaudevilles and libretti. In the fields of opéra-comique and opérettes, these were in collaboration with Ludovic Halévy, Michel Carré, Jules Barbier, Jules Moinaux and Lockroy. His composers were Jacques Offenbach ( Pépito , Le mariage aux lanternes ), Adolphe Adam (Les Pantins de Violette), Victor Massé (La Reine Topaze), Georges Bizet and Charles Lecocq (Le Docteur Miracle). With Halévy he translated Mozart's Der Schauspieldirektor for its Mozart centenary production at the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens in 1856. [1]

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  1. 1 2 Walsh T J. Second Empire Opera: The Théâtre Lyrique Paris 1851–1870. John Calder (Publishers Ltd), London, 1981, Appendix D, p. 342.
  2. 1 2 Fétis F-J. Biographie universelle des musiciens. Vol I, 55. Paris, 1878.
  3. Gustave Bourdin, obituary in Le Figaro of 26 November 1857, p. 7, at Bibliothèque nationale de France