Semet, Théophile (-Aimé-Emile)

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Semet, Théophile (-Aimé-Emile)

Semet, Théophile (-Aimé-Emile), French composer; b. Lille, Sept. 6, 1824; d. Corbeil, near Paris, April 15, 1888. He studied with Halévy in Paris, where he was a percussionist in the Opéra orch. He wrote popular songs before producing the following operas for Paris: Nuits d’Espagne (Dec. 30, 1857), Gil Bias (March 23, 1860), Ondine (Jan. 7, 1863), and La Petite Fadette (Sept. 11, 1869).

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