Philippe Gille

Philippe Emile François Gille (10 December 1831 – 19 March 1901) was a French dramatist and opera librettist, who was born and died in Paris.[1] He wrote over twenty librettos between 1857 and 1893, the most famous of which are Massenet's Manon and Delibes' Lakmé.

Although Gille studied law and was a clerk for a time at the Préfecture de la Seine, he became secretary of the Théâtre Lyrique then from 1869 an art and music for Le Figaro.[2]

Gille was elected to the Académie des beaux-arts in 1899.

Librettos by Philippe Gille


  1. Georges Moreau, Revue universelle : recueil documentaire universel et illustré, vol. 11, Paris, Larousse, 1901, p.430.
  2. Smith C. Philippe Gille. In: The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. Macmillan, London and New York, 1997.

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