Boulanger, Ernest

BORN 16 Sep 1815, Paris - DIED 14 Apr 1900, Paris
BIRTH NAME Boulanger, Ernest Henri Alexandre
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 33)

Ernest Boulanger was the son of the cellist Frédéric Boulanger and the opera singer Marie-Julie Hallligner. When he was still small his father left the family. He studied at the Conservatory in Paris under Jean-François Le Sueur, Fromental Halévy, Charles-Valentin Alkan and Daniel Auber. In 1835 he won de Grand Priz de Rome with his cantata "Achille".

He wrote ten comical operas between 1842 and 1877. The best known was "Don Quixote" (1869). He was also known as a conductor. In 1870 he was created chevalier of the Legion of Honor and in 1871 he was appointed professor at the Académie des Beaux-Arts. In 1877 he married his young Russian voice pupil, the princess Raissa Mychetskaya (1858-1935). Their daughters were the composers Nadia Boulanger and Lili Boulanger. Ernest Boulanger died in 1900 in Paris.

• Mother: Halligner, Marie-Julie
• Daughter: Boulanger, Nadia
• Daughter: Boulanger, Lili

Related persons
• was pupil of Auber, Daniel
• was pupil of Halévy, Fromental


The grave of Lili and Nadia Boulanger at the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris.
Picture by Androom (08 Mar 1995)


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Published: 08 Jul 2018
Last update: 25 Apr 2022