Joseph Quesnel

(15 December 1746 - 3 July 1809 / Saint-Malo, France)

Joseph Quesnel
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Joseph Quesnel was a French Canadian composer, poet, and playwright. Among his works were two operas, Colas et Colinette and Lucas et Cécile; the former is considered to be the first Canadian opera.

Quesnel was born in Saint-Malo, France, where he attended the Collège Saint-Louis, in 1746. After finishing his studies, he shipped on board a man-of-war, visited Pondicherry and Madagascar, travelled in Africa, and after three years returned to France. After resting a few months, he set out for French Guiana, and afterward visited several islands of the Antilles and explored part of Brazil. In 1779, he travelled to North America on a French vessel which was captured by the British. ... more »

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