|JOURNALIST, AUTHOR, THEATRE MANAGER (FRANCE)|
BORN 14 Sep 1805, Montréal, Aude - DIED 24 Apr 1870, Paris|
BIRTH 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 he was replaced by Louis Crosnier after Gounod's "La nonne sanglante" was received badly.
He was appointed director of the Opéra-Comique in 1857. Meyerbeer's "Le pardon de Ploërmel" was a success 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
|18/10/1854||Premiere of Gounod's opera "La nonne sanglante" at the Salle Pelletier in Paris. The opera was perrformed eleven times in October and November 1854. It was poorly received and when opera director Nestor Roqueplan was replaced by François Crosnier the opera was cancelled immediately. The libretto was written by Eugène Scribe and Germain Delavigne and was a loose adaption of a scene from the novel "The Monk" by Matthew Lewis. Narcisse Girard was the conductor. Jean-Baptiste Merly played comte Ludorf and Jacques-Alfred Guignot was baron Moldaw. Louis Guéymard was Rudolf's son Rodolphe and Anne Poinsot was Angès. Palmyre Wertheimber was La nonne sanglante. [Girard, Narcisse][Gounod, Charles François][Scribe, Eugène]|