Nicolas Isouard


CendrillonFrançais à VeniseJeannot et ColinJocondeL'avviso ai maritatiLe magicien sans magieLe médecin turcLéonceLes confidencesLes deux marisLes rendez-vous bourgeoisL'intrigue aux fenètresLulli et QuinaultL'une pour l'autreMichel-AngeUn jour à Paris
Nicolas Isouard (also known as Nicolò, Nicolò Isoiar or Nicolò de Malte; 16 May 1773 – 23 March 1818) was a French (Maltese born) composer.
Born in Porto Salvo, Valletta, Malta, Isouard studied in Rabat or Mdina with Francesco Azopardi, in Palermo with Giuseppe Amendola, and in Naples with Nicola Sala and Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi. From 1795 he was organist at St. John de Gerusalemme in Valletta at the Conventual Church of the Order of Saint John, San Giovanni di Malta.
He moved to Paris, where he worked as a free composer and became friends with Rodolphe Kreutzer. The pair worked together on several operas, including Le Petit page, ou La Prison d'état (1800) and Flaminius à Corinthe (1801). Isouard adopted the pseudonym Nicolò (or Nicolò de Malte) and found rapid success in the field of opéra comique with Michel-Ange (1802) and L'Intrigue aux fenêtres (1805). He composed regularly for the Théâtre de l'Opéra-Comique, writing some thirty works for it.
He composed masses, motets, cantatas, romances, and duos, along with over 45 operas.
Isouard had two daughters, Sophie-Nicole (1809–?), a composer of romances, and Annette-Julie (1814–1876), a pianist and composer. His brother Joseph (1794–1863) had a career as a singer and opera director before being named inspector of historic monuments in Rouen. Nicolas Isouard died in Paris and was buried in Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. A bust of the composer was placed on one of the facades of both the Théâtre de l'Opéra-Comique and the Palais Garnier, and one of the main squares in Paris was given his name.
Sacred Works - all with orchestra and voices (In alphabetical order). Original Manuscripts - Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
All of the above have been edited by Richard Divall and are available from the University of Divinity, Australia. Richard Divall is currently preparing a publication of a monograph and complete thematic catalogue, and an edition of the opera Cendrillon.