Personalities | Antoine Danchet | Late Baroque | Opera

1671–1748, French

Librettist Danchet was born on 7 September 1671 at Riom in Auvergne. His first theatrical text, Vénus (1698), was privately performed at Paris. This was also his first collaboration with composer André Campra (1660–1744). Between 1698 and 1735 Danchet and Campra produced several pastorals, ballets and opéra ballets, and 11 tragedies lyriques including Hésione (1700), Cariselli (1702, using fragments of music by Lully), Tancrède (1702), Télémaque (1704) and Idomonée (1712). From 1727, Danchet was director of the Académie Française. Voltaire commented that Danchet’s operas were less bad than his spoken plays. He is best known for having written the French libretto upon which Mozart’s Idomeneo is based, although his original contained a much stronger supernatural element.

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