Scribe, (Augustin) Eugène


Scribe, (Augustin) Eugène

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(born Dec. 24, 1791, Paris, France—died Feb. 20, 1861, Paris) French playwright and librettist. He wrote some 350 dramas, most of which proved extremely successful, and he became the most popular opera librettist of his time. His librettos include Gioachino Rossini's Count Ory (1828), Vincenzo Bellini's The Sleepwalker (1831), Gaetano Donizetti's The Elixir of Love (1832), Giacomo Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots (1836), and Giuseppe Verdi's The Sicilian Vespers (1855). He was elected to the Académie Française in 1836.

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