Monday, April 24, 2017

Born Today April 24: Charles Nuitter


French librettist Charles Nuitter (birth name Charles-Louis-Étienne Nuitter) was born on this day in Paris.  Not only did he write lyrics for original operas, he also translated other non-French operas into French.  For example, he helped translate Wagner operas from the original German.  There are more than 500 original works by him.  Additionally, he also worked as an archivist/librarian in the field of music for the Paris Opera.  A handful of films have been made from his work, two of them in the silent era.  The first was The Toymaker's Secret a Vitagraph short, which was released in 1910.  The second was Una tazza di the, an Italian production, it was released in 1923.  The most recent film to use his work as source material was a filmed ballet made for television affair by the BBC: Coppélia: A ballet in three acts, it aired in 2000.  In 2015 the horror film Victor Frankenstein used one of his songs in it's soundtrack.  He died in Paris on the 23rd of February 1899 after suffering a stroke days before, he was 70 years old.  There is no information about any memorial for him in Paris.

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