|JOURNALIST, AUTHOR, THEATRE MANAGER (FRANCE)|
BORN 14 Sep 1805, Montréal, Aude - DIED 24 Apr 1870, Paris|
REAL NAME Rocoplan, Victor Louis Nestor
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 21, avenue Berlioz)
Nestor Roqueplan studied law in Marseilles before he moved to Paris in 1825. There he published literary essays and he joined Le Figaro in 1827 and became its editor-in-chief together with the owner, Victor Bohain. Roqueplan was also an amateur magician and in 1833 he was wounded when he fought a duel with a Colonel Gallois who had been offended with an article in Le Figaro.
From 1841 to 1847 he was the director of the Théâtre des Variétés. In 1847 he became co-director of the Opera in Paris and from 1849 to 1854 he was its sole director. During his directorship Verdi's "Jerusalem" (1847) and Meyerbeer's "La Prophete" (1849, with Pauline Viardot) were staged. In 1854 François-Louis Crosnier was his successor.
He was appointed director of the Opéra-Comique in 1857. Meyerbeer's "Le pardon de Ploërmel" was a succes in 1859, but financial difficulties led to his resignation in 1860. He became a columnist for Constitutionnel. In 1870 he died in Paris.
is brother/sister of Roqueplan, Camille
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