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Thomas, (Charles Louis) Ambroise

Thomas, (Charles Louis) Ambroise (b Metz, 1811; d Paris, 1896). Fr. composer. Prix de Rome 1832. Wrote some ballets for Paris Opéra, but from 1840 concentrated on operas for Opéra- Comique, achieving greatest success with Mignon (1866) and Hamlet (1868). Prof. of comp. Paris Cons. from 1856, dir. from 1871. Other stage works incl. Le songe d'une nuit d'été (1850), Raymond (1851), Le Carnaval de Venise (1857), and Françoise de Rimini (1882). Also wrote choral works, Fantasia for pf. and orch., chamber mus., and songs.

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Thomas, Ambroise

Ambroise Thomas (äNbrwäz´ tōmä´), 1811–96, French operatic composer, studied at the Paris Conservatory, receiving the Prix de Rome in 1832. He later taught composition there and became its director in 1871. Thomas wrote cantatas, a number of ballets, and 20 operas, of which Le Caïd (1849, a satire on Italian opera), Mignon (1866), and Hamlet (1868) were the most successful.

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