Eugène Cormon

Pierre-Étienne Piestre, known as Eugène Cormon (5 May 1810 – March 1903), was a French dramatist and librettist. He used his mother's name, Cormon, during his career.[2]

Eugène Cormon
BornPierre-Etienne Piestre
(1810-05-05)5 May 1810
Lyon, France
DiedMarch 1903
Paris, France
GenreDrama • ComedyMelodrama • Opera
SpouseActress Charlotte Furais

Cormon wrote dramas, comedies and, from the 1840s, libretti; around 150 of his works were published. He was stage manager at the Paris Opéra from 1859 to 1870, and administrator of the Théâtre du Vaudeville from 1874.

His libretti include Les dragons de Villars (with Lockroy), Gastibelza (with d'Ennery) and Les pêcheurs de Catane (with Carré) for Maillart, Les pêcheurs de perles (with Carré) for Bizet, Robinson Crusoé (with Crémieux) for Offenbach, and Les Bleuets (with Trianon) for Cohen.[3]

The Fontainebleau act as well as the auto-da-fé scene of Verdi's opera Don Carlos is based in part on Cormon's 1846 play Philippe II, Roi d'Espagne ("Philip II, King of Spain").[4][5]

At the Moscow Art Theatre in 1927 the seminal Russian theatre practitioner Constantin Stanislavski staged Cormon's melodrama The Gérard Sisters (The Two Orphans), which he co-wrote with Adolphe d'Ennery.[6]




  1. ^ Eugène Cormon
  2. ^ Wright (1998), p. 15–16.
  3. ^ Walsh (1981).
  4. ^ Kimball (2001), in Holden, p. 1002.
  5. ^ Budden, p. 15–16
  6. ^ Benedetti (1999), p. 314 and p. 388).


  • Benedetti, Jean (1999), Stanislavski: His Life and Art. Revised edition. Original edition published in 1988. London: Methuen. ISBN 0-413-52520-1.
  • Budden, Julian (1984), The Operas of Verdi, Volume 3: From Don Carlos to Falstaff. London: Cassell. ISBN 0-304-30740-8
  • Kimball, David (2001), in Holden, Amanda (Ed.), The New Penguin Opera Guide, New York: Penguin Putnam, 2001. ISBN 0-14-029312-4
  • Walsh, T. J. (1981), Second Empire Opera: The Théâtre Lyrique Paris 1851–1870. London: John Calder.
  • Wright, Lesley (1998), "Eugene Cormon" in Stanley Sadie, (Ed.), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, Vol. One. London: Macmillan Publishers, Inc. 1998 ISzrgbb BN 0-333-73432-7 ISBN 1-56159-228-5

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