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Jacques Offenbach
(1819 - 1880)

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1819 Born Jakob Eberst, 20 June, in Cologne Germany; the son of a Jewish cantor. The name "Offenbach" is taken from the German town that was once the family home
1833 Moves to Paris and enters the Conservatoire
1834 Plays cello in the orchestra of the Opéra-Comique
1844 Marries Herminie d'Alcain; they have four daughters
1849 Appointed conductor at the Théâtre Français
1853 Composes the first of more than 90 operettas
1855 Becomes manager of own theatre, Bouffes-Parisiens
1873 His popularity wanes as popular tastes in musical theatre change following the Franco-Prussian War
1880 Struggles to finish opera The Tales of Hoffmann; dies in Paris, 5 October
1881 Posthumous premiere of The Tales of Hoffman
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