French composer of German origin (born in Cologne in 1819), Jacques Offenbach studied cello at the Conservatoire de Paris.
Cellist, then conductor, he opened his own theater, Bouffes-Parisiens.
With his librettists Meilhac and Halévy, he left a rich opening of melodic discoveries and gaiety, conducted with a true art of pastiche - faithful reflection of the Parisian spirit, under the Second Empire.
He composed a hundred operettas, including La Belle Hélène, La Vie Parisienne and La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein, where her favorite performer, Hortense Schneider, triumphed.
He died in Paris at the age of 61. Humor and cheerfulness guaranteed!