List of operas by Massenet

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This is a complete list of operas by the French composer Jules Massenet (1842–1912). Several of Massenet's operas were premiered by the Opéra-Comique in Paris, first at the second Salle Favart (Favart 2), followed by the Théâtre Lyrique on the Place du Châtelet (Lyrique), and then the third Salle Favart (Favart 3).

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Title Genre Sub­divisions Libretto Première date Place, theatre
Esméralda opéra after Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris composed c. 1865, but unfinished
La coupe du roi de Thulé opéra 3 acts Édouard Blau and Louis Gallet, based on Goethe's 1774 poem "Der König in Thule" composed c. 1866, but unperformed
La grand'tante opéra comique 1 act Jules Adenis and Charles Granvallet 3 April 1867 Paris, Opéra-Comique (Favart 2)
Manfred opéra Jules Ruelle, after Byron's Manfred composed c. 1869, but unfinished
Méduse 3 acts Michel Carré composed 1870
Don César de Bazan opéra comique 3 acts Adolphe d'Ennery, Philippe François Pinel Dumanoir and Jules Chantepie, after Victor Hugo, Ruy Blas 30 November 1872, revised 20 January 1888 Paris, Opéra-Comique (Favart 2); revision Geneva
L'adorable Bel'-Boul opérette 1 act Louis Gallet 17 April 1874 Paris, Cercle des Mirlitons
Les templiers composed c. 1875, but lost
Bérangère et Anatole sainete 1 act Henri Meilhac and Paul Poirson February 1876 Paris, Cercle de l'Union artistique
Le roi de Lahore opéra 5 acts Louis Gallet 27 April 1877 Paris, Opéra Garnier
Robert de France drame lyrique composed c. 1880, but unperformed, lost
Les Girondins opéra composed 1881, lost
Hérodiade; rev. as: Erodiade opéra 3 acts; rev.: 4 acts Paul Milliet and Georges Hartmann, after Gustave Flaubert, Hérodias, Nr. 3 der Trois Contes 19 December 1881, revised 1 February 1884, Brussels, Théâtre de la Monnaie, revision Paris, Théâtre Italien
Manon opéra comique 5 acts Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille, after Antoine François Prévost, L'histoire du chevalier Des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut 19 January 1884 Paris, Opéra-Comique (Favart 2)
Le Cid opéra 4 acts Adolphe d'Ennery, Louis Gallet and Édouard Blau, after Pierre Corneille 30 November 1885 Paris, Opéra Garnier
Esclarmonde opéra romanesque 4 acts Alfred Blau and Louis-Ferdinand de Gramont 15 May 1889 Paris, Opéra Comique (Lyrique)
Le mage opéra 5 acts Jean Richepin 16 March 1891 Paris, Opéra Garnier
Werther drame lyrique 4 acts Édouard Blau, Paul Milliet and Georges Hartmann, after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Die Leiden des jungen Werther (German translation for Vienna: Max Kalbeck) 16 February 1892 (in German), 16 January 1893 (in French) Vienna, Hofopera; Paris, Opéra-Comique (Lyrique)
Thaïs opéra 3 acts Louis Gallet, after the novel of the same name by Anatole France 16 March 1894, revised 13 April 1898 Paris, Opéra Garnier (and revised)
Le portrait de Manon opéra comique 1 act Georges Boyer 8 May 1894 Paris, Opéra-Comique (Lyrique)
La Navarraise épisode lyrique 2 acts Jules Claretie and Henri Cain, after Claretie, La cigarette 20 June 1894 London, Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Sapho pièce lyrique 5 acts Henri Cain and Arthur Bernède, after Alphonse Daudet 7 November 1897, revised 22 January 1909 Paris, Opéra-Comique (Lyrique); revised Opéra-Comique (Favart 3);
Cendrillon conte de fées 4 acts Henri Cain, after Charles Perrault, Cendrillon ou La Petite Pantoufle 24 May 1899 Paris, Opéra-Comique (Favart 3)
Grisélidis conte lyrique prologue and 3 acts Armand Silvestre and Eugène Morand 20 November 1901 Paris, Opéra-Comique (Favart 3)
Le jongleur de Notre-Dame miracle 3 acts Maurice Léna, after Anatole France, L'etui de nacre 18 February 1902 Monte Carlo, Opéra
Chérubin comédie chantée 3 acts François de Croisset and Henri Cain 14 February 1905 Monte Carlo, Opéra
Ariane opéra 5 acts Catulle Mendès 31 October 1906 Paris, Opéra Garnier
Thérèse drame musical 2 acts Jules Claretie 7 February 1907 Monte Carlo, Opéra
Bacchus opéra 4 acts Catulle Mendès 5 May 1909 Paris, Opéra Garnier
Don Quichotte comédie héroïque 5 acts Henri Cain, after Jacques Le Lorrain, Le chevalier de la longue figure 19 February 1910 Monte Carlo, Opéra
Roma opéra tragique 5 acts Henri Cain, after A. Parodi, Roma vaincue 17 February 1912 Monte Carlo, Opéra
Panurge haulte farce musical 3 acts Maurice Boukay and Georges Spitzmüller, after François Rabelais, La vie inestimable de Gargantua and Faits et dits héroïques du grand Pantagruel 25 April 1913 Paris, Théâtre de la Gaîté
Cléopâtre opéra 4 acts Louis Payen (A. Liénard) 23 February 1914 Monte Carlo, Opéra composed c. 1895
Amadis opéra légendaire 4 acts Jules Claretie 1 April 1922
(composed c. 1895)
Monte Carlo, Opéra

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