List of operas by Massenet

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This is a complete list of operas by the French composer Jules Massenet (1842–1912). Several of Massenet's operas were premiered by the Opéra-Comique in Paris, first at the second Salle Favart (Favart 2), followed by the Théâtre Lyrique on the Place du Châtelet (Lyrique), and then the third Salle Favart (Favart 3).

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Title Genre Sub­divisions Libretto Première date Place, theatre
Esméralda opéra Hugoafter Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris 1865-00-00composed c. 1865, but unfinished
coupeLa coupe du roi de Thulé opéra 3 acts BlauÉdouard Blau and Louis Gallet, based on Goethe's 1774 poem "Der König in Thule" 1866-00-00composed c. 1866, but unperformed
grandLa grand'tante opéra comique 1 act AdenisJules Adenis and Charles Granvallet 1867-04-033 April 1867 Paris, Opéra-Comique (Favart 2)
Manfred opéra RuelleJules Ruelle, after Byron's Manfred 1869-00-00composed c. 1869, but unfinished
Méduse 3 acts CarréMichel Carré 1870-00-00composed 1870
Don César de Bazan opéra comique 3 acts EnneryAdolphe d'Ennery, Philippe François Pinel Dumanoir and Jules Chantepie, after Victor Hugo, Ruy Blas 1872-00-0030 November 1872, revised 20 January 1888 Paris, Opéra-Comique (Favart 2); revision Geneva
adorableL'adorable Bel'-Boul opérette 1 act GalletLouis Gallet 1874-04-1717 April 1874 Paris, Cercle des Mirlitons
templiersLes templiers 1875-00-0composed c. 1875, but lost
Bérangère et Anatole sainete 1 act MeilhacHenri Meilhac and Paul Poirson 1876-02-01February 1876 Paris, Cercle de l'Union artistique
roiLe roi de Lahore opéra 5 acts GalletLouis Gallet 1877-04-2727 April 1877 Paris, Opéra Garnier
Robert de France drame lyrique 1889-00-00composed c 1880, but unperformed, lost
GirondinsLes Girondins opéra 1881-00-00composed 1881, lost
Hérodiade; rev. as: Erodiade opéra 3.23 acts; rev.: 4 acts MillietPaul Milliet and Georges Hartmann, after Gustave Flaubert, Hérodias, Nr. 3 der Trois Contes 1881-12-1919 December 1881, revised 1 February 1884, Brussels, Théâtre de la Monnaie, revision Paris, Théâtre Italien
Manon opéra comique 5 acts MeilhacHenri Meilhac and Philippe Gille, after Antoine François Prévost, L'histoire du chevalier Des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut 1884-01-1919 January 1884 Paris, Opéra-Comique (Favart 2)
CidLe Cid opéra 4 acts EnneryAdolphe d'Ennery, Louis Gallet and Édouard Blau, after Pierre Corneille 1885-11-3030 November 1885 Paris, Opéra Garnier
Esclarmonde opéra romanesque 4 acts BlauAlfred Blau and Louis-Ferdinand de Gramont 1889-05-1515 May 1889 Paris, Opéra Comique (Lyrique)
mageLe mage opéra 5 acts RichepinJean Richepin 1891-03-1616 March 1891 Paris, Opéra Garnier
Werther drame lyrique 4 acts BlauÉdouard Blau, Paul Milliet and Georges Hartmann, after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Die Leiden des jungen Werther (German translation for Vienna: Max Kalbeck) 1892-02-1616 February 1892 (in German), 16 January 1893 (in French) Vienna, Hofopera; Paris, Opéra-Comique (Lyrique)
Thaïs opéra 3 acts GalletLouis Gallet, after the novel of the same name by Anatole France 1894-03-1616 March 1894, revised 13 April 1898 Paris, Opéra Garnier (and revised)
portraitLe portrait de Manon opéra comique 1 act BoyerGeorges Boyer 1894-05-088 May 1894 Paris, Opéra-Comique (Lyrique)
NavarraiseLa Navarraise episodeépisode lyrique 2 acts ClaretieJules Claretie and Henri Cain, after Claretie, La cigarette 1894-06-2020 June 1894 London, Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Amadis opéra légendaire 4 acts Claretie Jules Claretie 1895-00-00composed c. 1895 1 April 1922 Monte Carlo, Opéra
Sapho pièce lyrique 5 acts CainHenri Cain and Arthur Bernède, after Alphonse Daudet 1897-11-077 November 1897, revised 22 January 1909 Paris, Opéra-Comique (Lyrique); revised Opéra-Comique (Favart 3);
Cendrillon conte de fées 4 acts CainHenri Cain, after Charles Perrault, Cendrillon ou La Petite Pantoufle 1899-05-2424 May 1899 Paris, Opéra-Comique (Favart 3)
Grisélidis conte lyrique 3.1prologue and 3 acts SilvestreArmand Silvestre and Eugène Morand 1901-11-2020 November 1901 Paris, Opéra-Comique (Favart 3)
jongleurLe jongleur de Notre-Dame miracle 3 acts LenaMaurice Léna, after Anatole France, L'etui de nacre 1902-02-1818 February 1902 Monte Carlo, Opéra
Chérubin comédie chantée 3 acts CroissetFrançois de Croisset and Henri Cain 1905-02-1414 February 1905 Monte Carlo, Opéra
Ariane opéra 5 acts MendesCatulle Mendès 1906-10-3131 October 1906 Paris, Opéra Garnier
Thérèse drame musical 2 acts ClaretieJules Claretie 1907-02-077 February 1907 Monte Carlo, Opéra
Bacchus opéra 4 acts MendesCatulle Mendès 1909-05-055 May 1909 Paris, Opéra Garnier
Don Quichotte comédie héroïque 5 acts CainHenri Cain, after Jacques Le Lorrain, Le chevalier de la longue figure 1910-02-1919 February 1910 Monte Carlo, Opéra
Roma opéra tragique 5 acts CainHenri Cain, after A. Parodi, Roma vaincue 1912-02-1717 February 1912 Monte Carlo, Opéra
Panurge haulte farce musical 3 acts BoukayMaurice Boukay ( L. Coybal) and Georges Spitzmüller, after François Rabelais, La vie inestimable de Gargantua and Faits et dits héroïques du grand Pantagruel 1913-04-2525 April 1913 Paris, Théâtre de la Gaîté
Cléopâtre opéra 4 acts PayenLouis Payen (A. Liénard) 1914-02-2323 February 1914 Monte Carlo, Opéra

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