List of operas by François-André Danican Philidor

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This is a list of the complete operas of the French composer François-André Danican Philidor (1726–1795).

One of the early masters of the opéra comique, he wrote 27 works in this genre, as well as 3 tragédies lyriques.

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TitleGenreSub­divisionsLibrettoPremière datePlace, theatre
opéra comique 3 acts Paris, Foire St Laurent
Blaise le savetier , also as: The Landlord Outwitted or The Cobbler's Wifeopéra comique1 actParis, Foire St Germain
opéra comique1 actParis, Foire St Laurent
opéra comique1 actMoustouParis, Comédie-Italienne, Hôtel de Bourgogne
opéra comique1 actParis, Foire St Laurent
opéra comique1 actParis, Foire St Germain
opéra comique2 actsParis, Foire St Laurent
Sancho Pança dans son isleopéra comique1 actParis, Comédie-Italienne (Opéra-Comique), Bourgogne
opéra comique1 actParis, Comédie-Italienne, Bourgogne
opéra comique1 actParis, Comédie-Italienne, Bourgogne
opéra comique1 actParis, Comédie-Italienne, Bourgogne
opéra comique2 actsParis, Comédie-Italienne, Bourgogne
Tom Jones opéra comique1 act; rev. 3 actsParis, Comédie-Italienne, Bourgogne,
opéra comique1 actParis, Comédie-Italienne, Bourgogne
Ernelinde, princesse de Norvège , revised as Sandomir, prince de Dannemarck, 2nd rev. Ernelinde tragédie lyrique 3 acts, 2nd rev.: 5 actsParis, Académie Royale de Musique, Théâtre des Tuileries, and Versailles (1773)
opéra comique2 actsParis, Comédie-Italienne, Bourgogne
opéra comique1 actParis, Comédie-Italienne, Bourgogne
opéra comique3 acts Fontainebleau
opéra comique3 actsParis, Comédie-Italienne, Bourgogne
opéra comique1 actParis, Comédie-Italienne, Bourgogne
Zémire et Mélide (Mélide, ou Le navigateur)opéra comique2 actsFontainebleau; a version with 3 acts was planned for the Académie Royale de Musique
Berthe, together with H. Botson, François-Joseph Gossec and Ignaz Vitzthumb (lost)opéra comique3 actsBrussels, La Monnaie
opéra comique1 actParis, Comédie-Italienne, Bourgogne
Protogèneopéra comique  
Persée tragédie lyrique3 actsParis, Académie Royale de Musique, Théâtre du Palais-Royal
Thémistocle tragédie lyrique3 actsFontainebleau
opéra comique Desforges (pseudonym of Pierre-Jean-Baptiste Choudard)Fontainebleau
opéra comique1 actParis, Théâtre du Comte de Beaujolais
opéra comique1 actParis, Théâtre du Comte de Beaujolais
Bélisaire (3rd act by Henri-Montan Berton)opéra comique3 actsParis, Opéra-Comique, Salle Favart I

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