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Camille du Locle 1895 in Capri - C. W. Allers - Curtiss 1958 p368
Camille du Locle (1895)

Camille du Locle (16 July 1832 – 9 October 1903) was a French theatre manager and a librettist. He was born in Orange, France. From 1862 he served as assistant to his father-in-law, Émile Perrin, at the Paris Opéra. From 1870, he was co-director at the Opéra-Comique with Adolphe de Leuven, and sole director from 1874 to 1876. He is best remembered for mounting the original production of Bizet's Carmen in 1875.

Du Locle was responsible for completing the libretto of Verdi's Don Carlos (1867) after the death of Joseph Méry. He also played a key role in the genesis of Aida in 1869–70.

According to Charles Pigot, Du Locle inspired the subject, words and music of Bizet's Djamileh (1872). He was a pall-bearer at Bizet's funeral in 1875 and made a speech at his interment at Père Lachaise.

In 1876, a financial dispute arose with Verdi, and Du Locle moved to Capri, where he constructed and lived in the Villa Certosella, now a hotel. In Capri he was known for his reclusiveness, short temper, and sharp tongue. He often went around in a French suit, causing him to be regarded as a bit eccentric. One day he started attracting attention by wearing a suit and cape made of rough, uncoloured wool, a fabric usually only worn by fishermen. Soon many of the Germans and English on the island adopted attire made of similar material, which stimulated a local industry of hand-woven wool cloth which persisted until machine-made fabrics took over several decades later.

His friendship with Ernest Reyer led to him providing libretti for Sigurd (1884) and Salammbô (1890).

Du Locle died in Capri in 1903.

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