Grétry, André Ernest Modeste (äNdrāˈ ĕrnĕstˈ môdĕstˈ grātrēˈ) [key], 1741–1813, French operatic composer. Enormously prolific and successful in his lifetime, he was a master of the 18th-century opéra comique. His works combined the melodic grace of Italian opera with the imagination, delicacy, and dramatic interest of the French. His masterpiece is Richard Cœur de Lion (1784).
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