Meilhac, Henri

BORN 23 Feb 1832, Paris, 4e - DIED 6 Jul 1897, Paris, 8e
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 21)

Henri Meilhac studied at the collège Louis-le-Grand in Paris. He worked in a bookstore, worked as a draftsman under the name of Thalin and he wrote articles for newspapers and pieces for comedies and vaudevilles. In 1860 he met Ludovic Halévy and they started a collaboration that lasted for twenty years. They cooperated on the libretto for Bizet's "Carmen".

Meilhac is also closely linked to Jacques Offenbach, who often used librettos that were written by him and Halévy. Among these collaborations were "La Belle Hélène" (1864, with Halévy, starring Hortense Schneider), "Barbe-bleue" (1866, with Halévy), "La Vie parisienne" (1866, with Halévy) and "La Périchole" (1868, with Halévy).

With Philippe Gille he wrote the libretto for Massenet's "Manon" (1884). He received the Legion of Honor in 1884. In 1888 he was elected into the Académie-Française. He died in Paris in 1897.

Related persons
• cooperated with Halévy, Ludovic
• successor at the Académie française of Labiche, Eugène
• worked for Offenbach, Jacques


The grave of Henri Meilhac at the Montmartre Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (05 Nov 2017)


Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Henri Meilhac - Wikipedia

Meisel, Will

Published: 08 Dec 2019
Last update: 08 Dec 2019