Gaveaux, Pierre

1761-1825

French opera singer and opera composer; born at Beziers, was a pupil of Franz Beck, conductor of the Bordeaux Theatre, in composition, and sang at the Church of Saint Severin in the same city, where he made his debut with decided success, He sang later in Montpelier, and from 1789 was engaged at the Opera Comique, Paris. He composed thirtyfive operas, of which a few remain in some favor. Though fluently written and appropriate to the stage, their in.trinsic value is small. One of these, Lepnore ou 1'amour conjugal, was written on the same subject as Beethoven's Fidelio. Gaveaux died insane.