Joseph Quesnel (1749-1809) was composer, playwright, sailor and ship's captain, and author. Born in Saint-Malo, France, he was captured by the English in 1779 while attempting to deliver arms to colonial forces in New York. He was sent to Canada, where he met and married a Canadian woman in 1780. Much of his writing appears to have been in reaction to what he perceived a cultural wasteland in both English and French Canada.

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Joseph Quesnel
Biography and portrait from Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia focuses on his stage works.
Quesnel: Lucas et Cecile
Review, summary, and synopsis of the opera's 2001 production in the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Canada.
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