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Eugène Cormon

1810-1903 FR, Lyon

A.k.a. Pierre-Étienne Piestre

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

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