|THEATRE MANAGER, MUSIC CRITIC (FRANCE)|
BORN 28 May 1824, Paris - DIED 1 Jul 1895, Paris: rue de Dunkerque 21|
BIRTH NAME Réty, François Ernest Charles Hippolyte
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 68, ligne 03 face à div. 67, numéro 25)
Charles Réty was the son of François Hippolyte Réty (1788-1877), who was cashier at the Conservatory in Paris. His mother was Marie Darcourt (1793-1871). Charles studied harmony at the Conservatory in Paris with Elwart. The composer Hervé was a classmate. In 1850 he married Rosine Grime, who died in 1856.
In 1856 he was appointed general secretary of the Théâtre-Lyrique. In 1860 he succeeded its director Léon Carvalho. He successfully revived Halévy's "Le val d'Andorre" that ran for 135 performances. He also staged Ernst Reyer's comical opera "La statue" in April 1861 with Blanche Baretti as Margyane. But receipts were falling and he resigned from his post on 4 October 1862.
After that he worked as a music critic for La Figaro under the name of Charles Dacours and he also worked for "Journal illustré". He married the opera singer Amélie Faivre on 30 June 1864. Réty died in Paris in 1895.
Wife: Faivre, Amélie (1864-1895, Paris)
worked for Carvalho, Léon