Emile Augier



Some librettists had shorter and less distinguished operatic careers than others.  One of the shortest was that of Emile Augier, who was invited to write a libretto for Gounod’s first attempt at an opera, Sapho.  It is an opera which only established itself with audiences because the leading role was written for and sung by Gounod’s patroness, the redoubtable Pauline Viardot…