Henri Meilhac

French opera librettist and dramatist Henri Meilhac was born in Paris on 23 February 1830.

He is known for his twenty-year collaboration with Ludovic Halévy - the two writers met in about 1860. Their best-known collaboration resulted in the libretto for Georges Bizet's Carmen. Meilhac's other work includes more than twelve libretti for works by Jacques Offenbach, most of them with Halévy. He also worked with Philippe Gille on the libretto for Jules Massenet's Manon.

Henri Meilhac died in Paris on 6 July 1897, aged sixty-seven.


A selection of articles about Henri Meilhac

Insane Buffoonery - George Colerick investigates the musicals of Florimond Hervé, a man of many parts

Ensemble. A New Year's Eve with 'Die Fledermaus' - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Rome

Ensemble. Tragedy to Come - Maria Nockin experiences one of this era's best productions of 'Carmen', live in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera

Ensemble. Pure Entertainment - Roderic Dunnett visits Garsington Opera at Wormsley

Ensemble. A Good Night for Singing - Los Angeles Opera's 'Carmen', reviewed by Maria Nockin

Ensemble. Exhilarating Music - Verdi, Rossini, Offenbach, Mozart and Theodore Morrison at Santa Fe Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Ensemble. Vocal Glory - Massenet's 'Manon' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Ensemble. Uncurbed Impulses - Bizet's 'Carmen' at San Diego Opera, appreciated by Maria Nockin

Ensemble. Special Praise - Bizet's 'Carmen' at Kentish Opera, enjoyed by Pippa Hare

Ensemble. A Bombshell - Carmen at the movies, by Maria Nockin

Ensemble. A Sizzling Rendition - 'Carmen' from Phoenix Opera impresses Maria Nockin

Ensemble. Somewhat Controversial - 'Carmen' in Santa Fe, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Gossip and Rebellion - Robert Hugill writes about the history of the first performance of Bizet's 'Carmen'