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Jacques  Offenbach

Born: June 20th, 1819
Died: October 5th, 1880
Upcoming :
Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Orchestra: Irish National Opera
2018-09-22 | Limerick (Ireland), Lime Tree Theatre — 20:00
Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Orchestra: Irish National Opera
2018-09-25 | Cork (Ireland), Everyman Theatre — 20:00

Jacques Offenbach was born in Cologne on 20 June 1819 into a Jewish family of musicians. Thanks to the efforts of Luigi Cherubini, the gifted young cellist was able to commence studies at the Paris Conservatoire when he was only fourteen – an extraordinary privilege not only in view of his youth, but also because of his German ancestry. Offenbach soon gained a reputation in Paris salons as the chamber music partner of such renowned musicians as Flotow, Rubinstein, Mendelssohn and Liszt. He composed many works for his instrument – among them one of the major cello concertos of the nineteenth century – but his greatest passion was for the stage. He was for a time a member of the orchestra at the Opéra Comique where he was able to gain an in-depth knowledge of contemporary French repertoire. Offenbach shared the fate of numerous young composers whose works were ignored by the theatres of Paris; his reaction was to found his own theatre company which he named “Bouffes parisiens”. In his double role as artistic director and house composer, he succeeded in revolutionising European entertainment theatre during the decades following 1855.

He initially produced short single-act works including Les Deux Aveugles, Ba-Ta-Clan, and Croquefer before composing his first full-length opera Orphée aux Enfers which was a great triumph. Offenbach acquired French citizenship in 1860 and made his debut the same year at the Paris Opéra with his ballet Le Papillon. In 1861, he was awarded the decoration “Chevalier” of the Legion d’honneur. From 1862 onwards, Offenbach divided his time between Paris, Etretat in Normandy, Bad Ems and Vienna – a city which alongside Paris was swiftly becoming the most significant location of his career. His large-scale Romantic opera Die Rheinnixen was composed for Vienna in 1864 and he subsequently returned to this music during work on his later composition Contes d’Hoffmann. During the next six years, he would experience the zenith of his popularity. In cooperation with his ingenious librettists Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, he produced La Belle Hélène, Barbe-Bleue, La Vie parisienne, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, La Périchole und Les Brigands. With these compositions which were later collectively termed as “Offenbachiades”, he established a new genre of politically-satirically based entertainment theatre which conquered the stages of the world.

Offenbach’s reputation began to fade with the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870/71. He became unpopular in France because of his German ancestry and also in Germany due to the decadent French character of his works. He did not however allow this period of unpopularity to interrupt his creative drive. One of his major works, the Romantic opera Fantasio based on a play by Musset, was performed in 1872 firstly at the Opéra Comique and then in Vienna. In 1873, he was appointed director of the Théâtre de la Gaîté and turned his hand to a completely different genre: the “féerie”. He initially reworked his “lucky charm” Orphée aux Enfers, but simultaneously embarked on a new series of collaborations with the playwright Victorien Sardou (Le Roi Carotte, La Haine and Don Quichotte).

Plagued by mounting debts, he set off on a concert tour through America in 1876 which brought him substantial success. On his return, he resumed work on a project which he had begun some time previously: Les Contes d’Hoffmann. In 1879, he was able to enjoy the great acclaim received by La Fille du tambour-major. Offenbach died on 5 October 1880, the creator of over 600 compositions including more than 130 stage works, but unfortunately without having been able to experience the first performance of his 'opus summum’, the Contes d’Hoffmann.

Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Orchestra: Irish National Opera
2018-09-22 | Limerick (Ireland), Lime Tree Theatre — 20:00
Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Orchestra: Irish National Opera
2018-09-25 | Cork (Ireland), Everyman Theatre — 20:00
Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Orchestra: Irish National Opera
2018-09-27 | Tralee (Ireland), Siamsa Tire — 20:00
Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Orchestra: Irish National Opera
2018-09-29 | Kilkenny (Ireland), Watergate Theatre — 20:00
Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Orchestra: Irish National Opera
2018-10-02 | Galway (Ireland), Town Hall Theatre — 20:00
Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Orchestra: Irish National Opera
2018-10-04 | Letterkenny (Ireland), An Grianan — 20:00
Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Orchestra: Irish National Opera
2018-10-06 | Sligo (Ireland), Hawk\'s Well Theatre — 20:00
Conductor: Mark Minkowski
Orchestra: Les Musicien de Louvre
2018-11-25 | Baden-Baden (Germany), Festspielhaus
Conductor: Laurent Wagner
2018-11-30 | Gera (Germany), Theater — 19:30 | First Night
Conductor: Laurent Wagner
2018-12-02 | Gera (Germany), Theater — 14:30
Conductor: Laurent Wagner
2018-12-14 | Gera (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Laurent Wagner
2018-12-26 | Gera (Germany), Theater — 18:00
Conductor: Laurent Wagner
2019-01-19 | Gera (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Gerrit Prießnitz
2019-04-17 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper | Revival
Conductor: Gerrit Prießnitz
2019-04-21 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Conductor: Gerrit Prießnitz
2019-04-26 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Conductor: Gerrit Prießnitz
2019-04-29 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Conductor: Gerrit Prießnitz
2019-05-02 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Conductor: Gerrit Prießnitz
2019-05-05 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Conductor: Gerrit Prießnitz
2019-05-07 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper

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  1. Cancan

    Cancan

    from: Orpheus in the Underworld
    Download Edition
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 20764 Q7579
    €2.99  *
  2. Barcarolle

    Barcarolle

    from: Tales Of Hoffmann
    Download Edition
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 20764 Q7580
    €2.99  *
  3. Orpheus in the Underworld

    Orpheus in the Underworld

    Overture
    Download Edition
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED0 1767 Q3878
    €4.99  *
  4. Barcarolle

    Barcarolle

    from the Opera "Tales of Hoffmann"
    Download Edition
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    Instrumentation: piano
    Edition: very easy version
    Order No.: ED0 1980 Q3884
    €3.99  *
  5. Barcarole-Waltz

    Barcarole-Waltz

    from "Tales of Hoffman"
    Download Edition
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    Instrumentation: violin and piano
    Order No.: ED0 2594 Q3906
    €3.99  *
  6. Barcarolle

    Barcarolle

    from the opera "The Tales of Hoffmann"
    Download Edition
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED0 8969 Q4085
    €3.99  *
  7. The Tales of Hoffmann

    The Tales of Hoffmann

    Schöne Nacht, du Liebesnacht (Barkarole)
    Download Edition
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    Editor: Lutz, Wilhelm
    Instrumentation: Soprano, Mezzo-soprano and Piano
    Order No.: ED0 9654 Q4129
    €3.99  *
  8. Tales of Hoffmann

    Tales of Hoffmann

    Potpourri
    Download Edition
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    Editor: Reinhardt, G.
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED0 1852 Q7328
    €4.99  *
  9. Cancan

    Cancan

    from "Orpheus in the Underworld"
    Download Edition
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    Volume number: Band 1
    Instrumentation: piano (4 hands)
    Order No.: ED 8917 Q42201
    €1.99  *
  10. Six Duos

    Six Duos

    1. bis 3. Lage
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    op. 50
    Volume number: Band 1
    Instrumentation: 2 cellos
    Order No.: ED 6105
    €14.50  *

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Profile

Jacques Offenbach was born in Cologne on 20 June 1819 into a Jewish family of musicians. Thanks to the efforts of Luigi Cherubini, the gifted young cellist was able to commence studies at the Paris Conservatoire when he was only fourteen – an extraordinary privilege not only in view of his youth, but also because of his German ancestry. Offenbach soon gained a reputation in Paris salons as the chamber music partner of such renowned musicians as Flotow, Rubinstein, Mendelssohn and Liszt. He composed many works for his instrument – among them one of the major cello concertos of the nineteenth century – but his greatest passion was for the stage. He was for a time a member of the orchestra at the Opéra Comique where he was able to gain an in-depth knowledge of contemporary French repertoire. Offenbach shared the fate of numerous young composers whose works were ignored by the theatres of Paris; his reaction was to found his own theatre company which he named “Bouffes parisiens”. In his double role as artistic director and house composer, he succeeded in revolutionising European entertainment theatre during the decades following 1855.

He initially produced short single-act works including Les Deux Aveugles, Ba-Ta-Clan, and Croquefer before composing his first full-length opera Orphée aux Enfers which was a great triumph. Offenbach acquired French citizenship in 1860 and made his debut the same year at the Paris Opéra with his ballet Le Papillon. In 1861, he was awarded the decoration “Chevalier” of the Legion d’honneur. From 1862 onwards, Offenbach divided his time between Paris, Etretat in Normandy, Bad Ems and Vienna – a city which alongside Paris was swiftly becoming the most significant location of his career. His large-scale Romantic opera Die Rheinnixen was composed for Vienna in 1864 and he subsequently returned to this music during work on his later composition Contes d’Hoffmann. During the next six years, he would experience the zenith of his popularity. In cooperation with his ingenious librettists Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, he produced La Belle Hélène, Barbe-Bleue, La Vie parisienne, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, La Périchole und Les Brigands. With these compositions which were later collectively termed as “Offenbachiades”, he established a new genre of politically-satirically based entertainment theatre which conquered the stages of the world.

Offenbach’s reputation began to fade with the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870/71. He became unpopular in France because of his German ancestry and also in Germany due to the decadent French character of his works. He did not however allow this period of unpopularity to interrupt his creative drive. One of his major works, the Romantic opera Fantasio based on a play by Musset, was performed in 1872 firstly at the Opéra Comique and then in Vienna. In 1873, he was appointed director of the Théâtre de la Gaîté and turned his hand to a completely different genre: the “féerie”. He initially reworked his “lucky charm” Orphée aux Enfers, but simultaneously embarked on a new series of collaborations with the playwright Victorien Sardou (Le Roi Carotte, La Haine and Don Quichotte).

Plagued by mounting debts, he set off on a concert tour through America in 1876 which brought him substantial success. On his return, he resumed work on a project which he had begun some time previously: Les Contes d’Hoffmann. In 1879, he was able to enjoy the great acclaim received by La Fille du tambour-major. Offenbach died on 5 October 1880, the creator of over 600 compositions including more than 130 stage works, but unfortunately without having been able to experience the first performance of his 'opus summum’, the Contes d’Hoffmann.

Works
Performances
Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Orchestra: Irish National Opera
2018-09-22 | Limerick (Ireland), Lime Tree Theatre — 20:00
Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Orchestra: Irish National Opera
2018-09-25 | Cork (Ireland), Everyman Theatre — 20:00
Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Orchestra: Irish National Opera
2018-09-27 | Tralee (Ireland), Siamsa Tire — 20:00
Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Orchestra: Irish National Opera
2018-09-29 | Kilkenny (Ireland), Watergate Theatre — 20:00
Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Orchestra: Irish National Opera
2018-10-02 | Galway (Ireland), Town Hall Theatre — 20:00
Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Orchestra: Irish National Opera
2018-10-04 | Letterkenny (Ireland), An Grianan — 20:00
Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Orchestra: Irish National Opera
2018-10-06 | Sligo (Ireland), Hawk\'s Well Theatre — 20:00
Conductor: Mark Minkowski
Orchestra: Les Musicien de Louvre
2018-11-25 | Baden-Baden (Germany), Festspielhaus
Conductor: Laurent Wagner
2018-11-30 | Gera (Germany), Theater — 19:30 | First Night
Conductor: Laurent Wagner
2018-12-02 | Gera (Germany), Theater — 14:30
Conductor: Laurent Wagner
2018-12-14 | Gera (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Laurent Wagner
2018-12-26 | Gera (Germany), Theater — 18:00
Conductor: Laurent Wagner
2019-01-19 | Gera (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Gerrit Prießnitz
2019-04-17 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper | Revival
Conductor: Gerrit Prießnitz
2019-04-21 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Conductor: Gerrit Prießnitz
2019-04-26 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Conductor: Gerrit Prießnitz
2019-04-29 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Conductor: Gerrit Prießnitz
2019-05-02 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Conductor: Gerrit Prießnitz
2019-05-05 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Conductor: Gerrit Prießnitz
2019-05-07 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Products

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  1. Cancan

    Cancan

    from: Orpheus in the Underworld
    Download Edition
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 20764 Q7579
    €2.99  *
  2. Barcarolle

    Barcarolle

    from: Tales Of Hoffmann
    Download Edition
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 20764 Q7580
    €2.99  *
  3. Orpheus in the Underworld

    Orpheus in the Underworld

    Overture
    Download Edition
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED0 1767 Q3878
    €4.99  *
  4. Barcarolle

    Barcarolle

    from the Opera "Tales of Hoffmann"
    Download Edition
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    Instrumentation: piano
    Edition: very easy version
    Order No.: ED0 1980 Q3884
    €3.99  *
  5. Barcarole-Waltz

    Barcarole-Waltz

    from "Tales of Hoffman"
    Download Edition
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    Instrumentation: violin and piano
    Order No.: ED0 2594 Q3906
    €3.99  *
  6. Barcarolle

    Barcarolle

    from the opera "The Tales of Hoffmann"
    Download Edition
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED0 8969 Q4085
    €3.99  *
  7. The Tales of Hoffmann

    The Tales of Hoffmann

    Schöne Nacht, du Liebesnacht (Barkarole)
    Download Edition
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    Editor: Lutz, Wilhelm
    Instrumentation: Soprano, Mezzo-soprano and Piano
    Order No.: ED0 9654 Q4129
    €3.99  *
  8. Tales of Hoffmann

    Tales of Hoffmann

    Potpourri
    Download Edition
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    Editor: Reinhardt, G.
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED0 1852 Q7328
    €4.99  *
  9. Cancan

    Cancan

    from "Orpheus in the Underworld"
    Download Edition
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    Volume number: Band 1
    Instrumentation: piano (4 hands)
    Order No.: ED 8917 Q42201
    €1.99  *
  10. Six Duos

    Six Duos

    1. bis 3. Lage
    Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
    op. 50
    Volume number: Band 1
    Instrumentation: 2 cellos
    Order No.: ED 6105
    €14.50  *

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