Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
Jacques Offenbach was born on 20 June 1819. Born in Cologne, the composer studied cello at the Paris Conservatoire and then became a composer who is famous for his operettas (light opera). The composer had composed more than 100 operettas and was known for the famous opera Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann), which was left unfinished at his death.
The concert celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Offenbach birth in 2019 with a programme of the great composer’s operettas Orphée aux Enfers, La Belle Hélène, La Périchole, La Vie Parisienne; opera Les Contes d’Hoffmann; songs from Fables de La Fontaine and Les Voix Mystérieuses; and cello masterpiece.