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Jacques Offenbach
1819 - 1880

Jacques Offenbach was the inventor of the operetta. Born Jakob Offenbach and the son of a Jewish cantor, he received violin lessons as a child.


Obviously gifted, the boy moved to Paris in 1833 and studied the cello at the Conservatory. He then worked as a cellist at the Opéra Comique, Fromental Halévy was introduced to the art of composition and in 1850 became Kapellmeister at the Théâtre Français.


Five years later he founded his own stage, the “Bouffes Parisiens”, which he directed until 1863 as director, composer and conductor.


His best-known pieces are the dance number Cancan from Orpheus in the Underworld and the barcarole from Hoffmann's stories.

Orpheus in der Unterwelt - Jacques Offenbach
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