Jacques Offenbach
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1819-06-20
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Jacques Offenbach

Jacques Offenbach Biography (Wikipedia)

Jacques Offenbach (20 June 1819 – 5 October 1880) was a German-born French composer, cellist and impresario of the romantic period. He is remembered for his nearly 100 operettas of the 1850s–1870s and his uncompleted opera The Tales of Hoffmann. He was a powerful influence on later composers of the operetta genre, particularly Johann Strauss, Jr. and Arthur Sullivan. His best-known works were continually revived during the 20th century, and many of his operettas continue to be staged in the 21st. The Tales of Hoffman remains part of the standard opera repertory.

Born in Cologne, the son of a synagogue cantor, Offenbach showed early musical talent. At the age of 14, he was accepted as a student at the Paris Conservatoire but found academic study unfulfilling and left after a year. From 1835 to 1855 he earned his living as a cellist, achieving international fame, and as a conductor. His ambition, however, was to compose comic pieces for the musical theatre. Finding the management of Paris' Opéra-Comique company uninterested in staging his works, in 1855 he leased a small theatre in the Champs-Élysées. There he presented a series of his own small-scale pieces, many of which became popular.

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Jacques Offenbach
La Belle Helene - overture [vers. standard; compiled Haensch]
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La Belle Helene - overture [vers. standard; compiled Haensch]
Jacques Offenbach
Overture to Vert-Vert
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Overture to Vert-Vert
Jacques Offenbach
Le roi Carotte (King Carrot) - Act III
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Le roi Carotte (King Carrot) - Act III

Le roi Carotte (King Carrot) - Act III

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Yann Beuron
Christophe Mortagne
Julie Boulianne
Boris Grappe
Jean-Sébastien Bou
Chloe Briot
Antoinette Dennefeld
Brenton Spiteri
Romain Bockler
Jean-Christophe Fillol
Thibault de Damas
Choir
Lyon Opera Chorus
Ensemble
Lyon Opera Studio
Orchestra
Lyon Opera Orchestra
Conductor
Jacques Offenbach
Barcarolle
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Barcarolle
Jacques Offenbach
Les Larmes de Jacqueline
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Les Larmes de Jacqueline
Jacques Offenbach
Barcarolle (The Tales of Hoffman)
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Barcarolle (The Tales of Hoffman)
Jacques Offenbach
Duo (La belle Helene, Act II)
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Duo (La belle Helene, Act II)
Jacques Offenbach
Le voyage dans la Lune A.631 - Overture
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Le voyage dans la Lune A.631 - Overture
Jacques Offenbach
Orpheus in the Underworld - You've gone too far
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Orpheus in the Underworld - You've gone too far
Jacques Offenbach
Orpheus in the Underworld (The Fly Duet)
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Orpheus in the Underworld (The Fly Duet)
Jacques Offenbach
Orpheus in the Underworld (Since love has set my heart a-dreaming)
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Orpheus in the Underworld (Since love has set my heart a-dreaming)
Jacques Offenbach
Barbe-bleue - operetta in 3 acts, Overture
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Barbe-bleue - operetta in 3 acts, Overture
Jacques Offenbach
La course en traîneau (sleigh ride)
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La course en traîneau (sleigh ride)
Jacques Offenbach
La Fille du tambour-major
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La Fille du tambour-major
Jacques Offenbach
La Perichole: Overture
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La Perichole: Overture
Jacques Offenbach
Orphee aux enfers - overture [concert version] [compiled C Binder...
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Orphee aux enfers - overture [concert version] [compiled C Binder...
Jacques Offenbach
Recit and duet 'C'est une chanson d'amour' (Antonia and Hoffmann)
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Recit and duet 'C'est une chanson d'amour' (Antonia and Hoffmann)
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