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Pierre Louis Moline

Librettist

Biography

French writer Pierre Louis Moline (1740–1821) wrote several librettos for the Paris opera stages. He had his greatest and most lasting success with his French translation of Ranieri de’ Calzabigi’s libretto for Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (1762), performed in Paris as Orphée et Eurydice in 1774.

Moline was born in Montpellier. He studied arts at Avignon and law in Paris before becoming a writer. He wrote prolifically for every stage genre of his time, including the Revolutionary sansculottide (and was secretary to the Convention 1792–4). He had his two greatest successes at the Paris Opéra with Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice and with an original libretto for Edelmann’s Ariane dans l’isle de Naxos (1782).

Further librettos include an adaptation of Jean-Joseph Vadé’s text for Gluck’s revised L’Arbre enchanté (1775), a translation of Paisiello’s Il re Teodoro in Venezia (1786) and the original librettos Laure et Pétrarque (1778) for Candeille and Diane et l’amour (1802) for Edelmann.