RETURNLudovic Halévy

Ludovic Halévy

He was born in Paris on 01/01/1834. His uncle was the composer Fromental Halévy. From a young age, he was interested in opera. At the age of 21 he met the musician and composer Jacques Offenbach, and this meeting was decisive for his career. Offenbach wanted to open a small theatre and Halévy wrote a kind of prologue for the opening night. This fact gave him the opportunity to work entirely as an author and librettist. In 1856, on his birthday, his name was officially listed in the theatre programs for the first time. His fame rose, however, especially after the successful premiere of the comic opera Orpheus in the Underground (1958), for which he had written the libretto with Hector Crémieux. Two years later, Halévy accepted an offer to write a play for vaudeville theatre in collaboration with Lambert-Thiboust. But Thiboust suddenly withdrew, so Halévy met the librettist Henri Meilhac. Their successful collaboration was to last more than 20 years, during which they demonstrated their talent and contributed to the development of Parisian theatres. One of the greatest successes of their collaboration was the opera Carmen (1875). Halévy’s also made an important contribution to literature being distinguished by his didactic and particular style. In 1884 he was elected to the French Academy. At the Greek National Opera, Carmen, for which he had written the libretto, was performed for the first time on 20/02/1942. He died in Paris on 08/05/1908 at the age of 74. // Last update of the biography: October 2023- The list of productions below is complete.