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ADAM, Adolphe

b Paris 24 July 1903

d Paris 3 May 1856 aged fifty-two

Discouraged by his father, who was a pianist, teacher and composer, Adam had to study music secretly. When he was fourteen his father relented and allowed him to enter the Paris Conservatory - on condition that he would never compose for the theatre. He studied under Boieldieu, who persuaded him to write opera comique. In 1847 he founded the Theatre National. In 1848 he lost all his money in the Revolution, and was poor for the rest of his life. In 1849 he became professor of composition at the Paris Conservatory.

1832 (29)

Faust, ballet

1834 (31)

Le Chalet, opera

1836 (33)

Le Postillon de Longjumeau, opera

1839 (36)

La Jolie fille de Gand, ballet

1841 (38)

Giselle, ballet

1849 (46)

Le Toreador, opera

1852 (49)

Si j'étais roi, opera

1856 (52)

Le Corsaire, ballet

Adam composed a total of thirty-nine operas, as well as many ballets, choruses, songs and much church music.

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