The son of the carpenter Jacques-Joseph Moineau became a stenographer in the Palace of Justice in Paris. From 1853 he wrote a number of successful vaudevilles. This was how Jacques Offenbach became aware of him, for whom he wrote Les Deux Aveugles . As a columnist for the Gazette des Tribunaux and the Charivari , he published biting time-critical satires.
In 1866 his play Les Deux Sourds was premiered at the Parisian Théâtre des Variétés . During the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 he volunteered for the National Guard. While patriotic plays ran in most Parisian theaters, the Folies-Dramatiques performed his comic opera Le Canard à trois becs, set by Émile Jonas, with great success.
In 1871 the Éditions Lachaud published his buffo opera Le Testament de Monsieur Crac , set to music by Charles Lecocq , which was premiered in 1874 at the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens . Between 1881 and 1888 he published a five-volume collection of his writings under the title Tribuneaux comiques . In 1886 the Éditions Jules Lévy published Le Bureau du Commissaire with a foreword by Alexandre Dumas and one hundred and thirty illustrations by Louis-Charles Bomblet , and two years later Les Gaietés bourgeoises .
Two years after Moinaux's death, a street in Tours was named after him. His son Georges became known as a writer under the name of Georges Courteline .
- Literature by and about Jules Moinaux in the catalog of the German National Library
- Literature by and about Jules Moinaux in the SUDOC catalog (Association of French University Libraries)
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Moineaux, Joseph-Désiré-Jules (real name); Moineau, Joseph-Désiré-Jules|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||French librettist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 24, 1815|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Tours|
|DATE OF DEATH||1896|
|Place of death||Saint-Mandé|