Prevost, Eugene Prosper

1809-1872

 

French conductor and opera composer; born at Paris. He studied at the Paris Conservatory, Jelensperger and Seuriot being his teachers in harmony and Lesueur in composition. In 1831 he obtained the Grand Prize of Rome for the cantata, Bianca Capello. He had already produced the one-act operas, L'Hotel des Princes, and Le Grenadier de Wagram, and after his return from Italy he brought out Cosimo and Le Bon garc.on. He went to Havre as conductor of the theatre there, but in 1838 he came to New Orleans, where he spent the rest of his life, with the exception of the years of the Civil War, when he conducted the Bpuffes Parisiens and the Champs-filysees concerts at Paris. At New Orleans he produced Blanche et Rene, and Esmeralda at the French Theatre, of which he was conductor, and had a high reputation as a teacher. He also wrote masses, one of which, for full orchestra, was very successful.