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Adolphe de Leuven (1800 – 14 April 1884) was a French theatre director and a librettist. Also known as Grenvallet, and Count Adolph Ribbing.[1]

He produced over 170 plays and librettos, with operatic settings by Adam including Le postillon de Lonjumeau, Clapisson and Thomas.[2]

He was associated with the Opéra-Comique for fifty years and was co-director from 1862-1874. He resigned in protest at the on-stage murder in Carmen.[3]


  1. ^ His father was one of the conspirators against Gustav III of Sweden, who appears in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera (as Samuel/Count Ribbing). From Dean W. Carmen’s place in history. Booklet to Decca recording of Carmen conducted by Solti, 1976.
  2. ^ Wright L A. Adolphe de Leuven in The New Grove Dictionary of Opera ed Sadie S. London & New York, Macmillan, 1997.
  3. ^ Dean, op cit.


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