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Jacques  Offenbach

Born: June 20th, 1819
Died: October 5th, 1880
Upcoming :
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Orchestra: Concerto Köln
2019-10-20 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie — 18:00
Conductor: Anne Manson
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Aachen
2019-10-20 | Aachen (Germany), Eurogress — 18:00

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: Kent Nagano
Orchestra: Concerto Köln
2019-10-20 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie — 18:00
Conductor: Anne Manson
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Aachen
2019-10-20 | Aachen (Germany), Eurogress — 18:00
Conductor: Anne Manson
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Aachen
2019-10-21 | Aachen (Germany), Eurogress — 20:00
Conductor: Jonathan Darlington
Orchestra: Duisburger Philharmoniker
2019-10-24 | Gütersloh (Germany), Stadthalle — 19:00
Conductor: Stefan Lano
2019-10-25 | Weimar (Germany), Deutsches Nationaltheater, Großes Haus — 19:30
Conductor: Ondrej Olos; Pavel Šnajdr
2019-10-29 | Brno (Czech Republic), Národní divadlo — 17:00
Conductor: Stefan Lano
2019-11-09 | Weimar (Germany), Deutsches Nationaltheater, Großes Haus — 19:30
Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin, 16/17-17/18; John Fiore, 19/20
2019-11-24 | Dresden (Germany), Semperoper | Revival
Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin, 16/17-17/18; John Fiore, 19/20
2019-12-01 | Dresden (Germany), Semperoper
Conductor: Stefan Lano
2019-12-26 | Weimar (Germany), Deutsches Nationaltheater, Großes Haus — 18:00
Conductor: Ondrej Olos; Pavel Šnajdr
2019-12-30 | Brno (Czech Republic), Národní divadlo — 17:00
Conductor: Ondrej Olos; Pavel Šnajdr
2020-01-05 | Brno (Czech Republic), Národní divadlo — 17:00
Conductor: Stefan Lano
2020-01-05 | Weimar (Germany), Deutsches Nationaltheater, Großes Haus — 16:00
Conductor: Ondrej Olos; Pavel Šnajdr
2020-01-10 | Brno (Czech Republic), Národní divadlo — 19:00
Conductor: Ondrej Olos; Pavel Šnajdr
2020-01-13 | Brno (Czech Republic), Národní divadlo — 19:00
Conductor: Stefan Lano
2020-01-31 | Weimar (Germany), Deutsches Nationaltheater, Großes Haus — 19:30
Conductor: Stefan Lano
2020-02-22 | Weimar (Germany), Deutsches Nationaltheater, Großes Haus — 19:30
Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin, 16/17-17/18; John Fiore, 19/20
2020-04-07 | Dresden (Germany), Semperoper
Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin, 16/17-17/18; John Fiore, 19/20
2020-04-10 | Dresden (Germany), Semperoper
Conductor: Stefan Lano
2020-04-13 | Weimar (Germany), Deutsches Nationaltheater, Großes Haus — 16:00
Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin, 16/17-17/18; John Fiore, 19/20
2020-04-17 | Dresden (Germany), Semperoper
Conductor: Ondrej Olos; Pavel Šnajdr
2020-06-03 | Brno (Czech Republic), Národní divadlo — 19:00

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  1. The Shoemaker and the Millionaire

    The Shoemaker and the Millionaire

    Operette Buffo in einem Akt
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Editor : Richter, Caspar
    Edition : vocal/piano score
    Language : German - French
    Order No. : BB 6600201
    €59.00  *
  2. Die schöne Helena

    Die schöne Helena

    Opera Buffa in 3 Akten
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Edition : vocal/piano score
    Language : German
    Order No. : BB 6600202
    €51.50  *
  3. Orpheus in the Underworld

    Orpheus in the Underworld

    Opera Buffo in 2 Akten
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Edition : text/libretto
    Language : German
    Order No. : BB 6700053
    €3.25  *

    Out of stock

  4. The Bandits

    The Bandits

    Opera buffo in 3 acts
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Edition : text/libretto
    Language : German
    Order No. : BB 6700082
    €9.00  *
  5. The Ladies of the Market

    The Ladies of the Market

    Operette buffo in one act
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Editor : Richter, Caspar
    Edition : text/libretto
    Language : German
    Order No. : BB 6700085
    €19.50  *
  6. Die Prinzessin von Trapezunt

    Die Prinzessin von Trapezunt

    Oper Buffo in 3 Akten
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Edition : text/libretto
    Language : German
    Order No. : BB 6700086
    €6.50  *
  7. Orpheus in the Underworld

    Orpheus in the Underworld

    Opera Buffo in 2 Akten
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Edition : text/libretto
    Language : German
    Order No. : BB 6700087
    €6.00  *
  8. Orpheus in the Underworld

    Orpheus in the Underworld

    Opera Buffo
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Edition : text/libretto
    Language : German
    Order No. : BB 6700088
    €7.50  *
  9. The Shoemaker and the Millionaire

    The Shoemaker and the Millionaire

    Operette Buffo in einem Akt
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Editor : Richter, Caspar
    Edition : text/libretto
    Language : German
    Order No. : BB 6700092
    €6.00  *
  10. Orpheus in the Underworld

    Orpheus in the Underworld

    Overture
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Editor : Hibbert, A.
    Instrumentation : Wind band
    Edition : score and parts, Full Band Set
    Order No. : BH 6100244
    €79.00  *

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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: Kent Nagano
Orchestra: Concerto Köln
2019-10-20 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie — 18:00
Conductor: Anne Manson
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Aachen
2019-10-20 | Aachen (Germany), Eurogress — 18:00
Conductor: Anne Manson
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Aachen
2019-10-21 | Aachen (Germany), Eurogress — 20:00
Conductor: Jonathan Darlington
Orchestra: Duisburger Philharmoniker
2019-10-24 | Gütersloh (Germany), Stadthalle — 19:00
Conductor: Stefan Lano
2019-10-25 | Weimar (Germany), Deutsches Nationaltheater, Großes Haus — 19:30
Conductor: Ondrej Olos; Pavel Šnajdr
2019-10-29 | Brno (Czech Republic), Národní divadlo — 17:00
Conductor: Stefan Lano
2019-11-09 | Weimar (Germany), Deutsches Nationaltheater, Großes Haus — 19:30
Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin, 16/17-17/18; John Fiore, 19/20
2019-11-24 | Dresden (Germany), Semperoper | Revival
Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin, 16/17-17/18; John Fiore, 19/20
2019-12-01 | Dresden (Germany), Semperoper
Conductor: Stefan Lano
2019-12-26 | Weimar (Germany), Deutsches Nationaltheater, Großes Haus — 18:00
Conductor: Ondrej Olos; Pavel Šnajdr
2019-12-30 | Brno (Czech Republic), Národní divadlo — 17:00
Conductor: Ondrej Olos; Pavel Šnajdr
2020-01-05 | Brno (Czech Republic), Národní divadlo — 17:00
Conductor: Stefan Lano
2020-01-05 | Weimar (Germany), Deutsches Nationaltheater, Großes Haus — 16:00
Conductor: Ondrej Olos; Pavel Šnajdr
2020-01-10 | Brno (Czech Republic), Národní divadlo — 19:00
Conductor: Ondrej Olos; Pavel Šnajdr
2020-01-13 | Brno (Czech Republic), Národní divadlo — 19:00
Conductor: Stefan Lano
2020-01-31 | Weimar (Germany), Deutsches Nationaltheater, Großes Haus — 19:30
Conductor: Stefan Lano
2020-02-22 | Weimar (Germany), Deutsches Nationaltheater, Großes Haus — 19:30
Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin, 16/17-17/18; John Fiore, 19/20
2020-04-07 | Dresden (Germany), Semperoper
Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin, 16/17-17/18; John Fiore, 19/20
2020-04-10 | Dresden (Germany), Semperoper
Conductor: Stefan Lano
2020-04-13 | Weimar (Germany), Deutsches Nationaltheater, Großes Haus — 16:00
Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin, 16/17-17/18; John Fiore, 19/20
2020-04-17 | Dresden (Germany), Semperoper
Conductor: Ondrej Olos; Pavel Šnajdr
2020-06-03 | Brno (Czech Republic), Národní divadlo — 19:00
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  1. The Shoemaker and the Millionaire

    The Shoemaker and the Millionaire

    Operette Buffo in einem Akt
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Editor : Richter, Caspar
    Edition : vocal/piano score
    Language : German - French
    Order No. : BB 6600201
    €59.00  *
  2. Die schöne Helena

    Die schöne Helena

    Opera Buffa in 3 Akten
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Edition : vocal/piano score
    Language : German
    Order No. : BB 6600202
    €51.50  *
  3. Orpheus in the Underworld

    Orpheus in the Underworld

    Opera Buffo in 2 Akten
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Edition : text/libretto
    Language : German
    Order No. : BB 6700053
    €3.25  *

    Out of stock

  4. The Bandits

    The Bandits

    Opera buffo in 3 acts
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Edition : text/libretto
    Language : German
    Order No. : BB 6700082
    €9.00  *
  5. The Ladies of the Market

    The Ladies of the Market

    Operette buffo in one act
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Editor : Richter, Caspar
    Edition : text/libretto
    Language : German
    Order No. : BB 6700085
    €19.50  *
  6. Die Prinzessin von Trapezunt

    Die Prinzessin von Trapezunt

    Oper Buffo in 3 Akten
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Edition : text/libretto
    Language : German
    Order No. : BB 6700086
    €6.50  *
  7. Orpheus in the Underworld

    Orpheus in the Underworld

    Opera Buffo in 2 Akten
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Edition : text/libretto
    Language : German
    Order No. : BB 6700087
    €6.00  *
  8. Orpheus in the Underworld

    Orpheus in the Underworld

    Opera Buffo
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Edition : text/libretto
    Language : German
    Order No. : BB 6700088
    €7.50  *
  9. The Shoemaker and the Millionaire

    The Shoemaker and the Millionaire

    Operette Buffo in einem Akt
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Editor : Richter, Caspar
    Edition : text/libretto
    Language : German
    Order No. : BB 6700092
    €6.00  *
  10. Orpheus in the Underworld

    Orpheus in the Underworld

    Overture
    Composer : Offenbach, Jacques
    Editor : Hibbert, A.
    Instrumentation : Wind band
    Edition : score and parts, Full Band Set
    Order No. : BH 6100244
    €79.00  *

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