Adolphe de Leuven

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Adolphe de Leuven (1800 – 14 April 1884) was a French theatre director and a librettist. Also known as Grenvallet, and Count Adolph Ribbing.[1] He was the son of Adolph Ribbing, who was involved in the assassination of Gustav III of Sweden in 1792.

He produced over 170 plays and librettos, with operatic settings by Adam including Le postillon de Lonjumeau, Clapisson and Thomas.[2]

He was associated with the Opéra-Comique for fifty years and was co-director (with Camille du Locle) from 1862-1874. He resigned in protest at the on-stage murder in Carmen.[3]


  1. ^ His father was one of the conspirators against Gustav III of Sweden, who appears in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera (as Samuel/Count Ribbing). From Dean W. Carmen’s place in history. Booklet to Decca recording of Carmen conducted by Solti, 1976.
  2. ^ Wright L A. Adolphe de Leuven in The New Grove Dictionary of Opera ed Sadie S. London & New York, Macmillan, 1997.
  3. ^ Dean, op cit.