Thomas by Wilhelm Benque, c. 1895
Poster for the premiere, by Jules Chéret
Thomas in 1834 by Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin
Célestine Galli-Marié created the role of Mignon at the première.
Le caïd, 1849
Marie Cabel as Philine
Jean-Baptiste Faure as Hamlet, painted by Manet
Mignon verlangende naar haar vaderland, by Ary Scheffer, 1836 (Dordrechts Museum)
Thomas, about 1865
Statue of Thomas in Paris.

Charles Louis Ambroise Thomas (5 August 1811 – 12 February 1896) was a French composer and teacher, best known for his operas Mignon (1866) and Hamlet (1868).

- Ambroise Thomas

Mignon is an 1866 opéra comique (or opera in its second version) in three acts by Ambroise Thomas.

- Mignon
Thomas by Wilhelm Benque, c. 1895

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Christina Nilsson

Swedish operatic soprano.

Swedish operatic soprano.

Pandora by Alexandre Cabanel, 1873. Nilsson was the model for this painting.
Mdlle. Nilsson, (c) 1870. Carte de Visite Collection, Boston Public Library.

In 1868, Nilsson transferred from the Théâtre Lyrique to the Paris Opera, where she created the role of "Ophelia" in Ambroise Thomas's Hamlet.

This was followed by her first operatic performance in New York City at the Academy of Music in 1871, singing in the first New York performance of Thomas's Mignon.

Emma Albani

Canadian-British operatic soprano of the 19th century and early 20th century, and the first Canadian singer to become an international star.

Canadian-British operatic soprano of the 19th century and early 20th century, and the first Canadian singer to become an international star.

Emma Albani at age 5
Emma Albani at the time of her debut as Amina
Albani as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser.
Caricature from Punch, 17 September 1881: "MADAME ALBANI. A Thing of Beauty is a Gye for ever!"
Albani as Desdemona.
Emma Albani in 1899

Before her London contract began, she returned to Italy to study with Lamperti at Lake Como, and then appeared at the Teatro della Pergola in Florence, giving one last series of nine performances in ten days in the title role of Ambroise Thomas's Mignon, a part she studied with the composer in Paris prior to her making her debut in the role.

Title page of first edition

Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

Second novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, published in 1795–96.

Second novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, published in 1795–96.

Title page of first edition

The 1866 opera Mignon by Ambroise Thomas is based on Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship.

Jules Barbier, photographed by Nadar

Jules Barbier

French poet, writer and opera librettist who often wrote in collaboration with Michel Carré.

French poet, writer and opera librettist who often wrote in collaboration with Michel Carré.

Jules Barbier, photographed by Nadar

Ambroise Thomas:

Hamlet (*), Mignon (*) and Françoise de Rimini (*).