Mlle Duval

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Mlle. Duval (1718–after 1775) was a French composer who composed her first opera at age eighteen. Her first name is unknown.[1] A letter to the Journal des nouvelles de Paris in 1736 reported she was known by the name La Légende because she was an illegitimate child, possibly indicating that Duval was a stage name, and that she was a singer and actress. A review in the Mercure de France reported that she accompanied the full performance of her opera on harpsichord.[2]


Selected works include:

  • Les Génies, ou Les caractères de l'Amour, ballet


  1. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Letzter, Jacqueline; Adelson, Robert (2001). Women Writing Opera: creativity and controversy in the age of the French Revolution.