Victor Massé

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Victor Massé
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Victor Massé
Born (1822-04-07)7 April 1822
Lorient (Morbihan)
Died 5 July 1884(1884-07-05) (aged 62)
Grave of Victor Massé by Charles Garnier

Victor Massé (born Félix-Marie Massé; 7 March 1822 – 5 July 1884) was a French composer.


Massé studied at the Paris Conservatoire, winning the Prix de Rome in 1844 for his cantata Le rénégat de Tanger before turning his attention to opera. While at the Conservatoire, Massé studied with Jaques Halévy. He wrote some twenty operas, including La chanteuse voilée (1850), followed by the more ambitious Galathée (1852) and Paul et Virginie (1876). His best-known and most successful work was the opéra comique Les noces de Jeannette (1853). His last work, Une nuit de Cléopâtre, was performed posthumously in April 1885.

Massé died in 1884 at age 62, and is buried in Montmartre Cemetery in Paris.


  • La chambre gothique, opéra (1849)
  • La chanteuse voilée, (1850, text by Eugène Scribe and Adolphe de Leuven)
  • Galathée (1852), text by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré),
  • Les noces de Jeannette, opéra comique (1853, text by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré),
  • La fiancée du diable, (1854, text by Eugène Scribe and H. Romand),
  • Miss Fauvette, (1855, text by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré),
  • Les saisons, (1855, text by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré),
  • La reine Topaze, (1856, text by Lockroy and Battu),
  • Les chaises à porteurs, (1858, text by Dumanoir and Calirville),
  • La fée Carabosse, (1859, text by Lockroy and Frères Cogniard),
  • Fior d'Aliza, (after Lamartine 1866),
  • Le fils du brigadier, (1867, text by Eugène Labiche and Delacour),
  • Paul and Virginie (1876, text by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré),
  • Une nuit de Cléopâtre, (1885, text by Jules Barbier).

See also[edit]


  • Volker Dehs. Jules Verne entre Léo Delibes, Halévy et Victor Massé. Revue Jules Verne 24, Jules Verne et la musique, 2007, p. 97–102.