Henri Caïn  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Henri Caïn (born Paris, 11 October 1857, died 21 November 1937) was a French dramatist, opera and balletlibrettist. He wrote over forty librettos from 1893 to his death, for many of the most prominent composers of the Parisian Belle Epoque.

Caïn was the son of the sculptor Auguste Cain and brother of the painter Georges Cain. He was married to the soprano Julia Guiraudon.

Close to Edouard de La Gandara, Jean Dara when he worked with Sarah Bernhardt, Henri Caïn was an admirer of several major contemporary painters and sculptors such as Antonio de La Gandara and Jean Carriès.

Operas (and ballets) to librettos by Henri Caïn

La Vivandière (1893)
La Navarraise (1894),
Sapho (1897),
Cendrillon (1899),
Chérubin (1905),
Don Quichotte (1910),
Roma (1912)
Le juif polonais (1900),
Bacchus triomphant (1909)
Une aventure de la Guimard, ballet in one act (1900)
Cigale, ballet (1904)
Les pêcheurs de Saint-Jean (1906)
Marcella (1909)
Agnès dame galante (1912),
Carmosine (1913),
Gismonda (1919)
Cirano di Bergerac (1936)

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