1784, Jan 271851, Jul 4
a Belgian composer and instructor. Mengal came from a musical family and received horn and violin lessons as a child, and by the age of 13 played first horn at the Ghent opera. Mengal was the founding director of the Royal Conservatory of Ghent in 1835 and served as director there until his death. His operas include Les infidèles (1823, Paris), Le Vampire ou L'Homme du néant (1826, Ghent), Apothéose de Talma (1826, Ghent), and the comic opera Un jour à Vaucluse ou Le Poète ambassadeur (1830, Ghent).
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