Today we are celebrating the 200th birth jubilee of Jacques Offenbach, the founder of the French operetta

Jacques Offenbach is one of the most talented composers of the 19th century, the founder, as well as Hervé, of the operetta genre, the classic of the French operetta. His creative works were imbued with irony and skepticism. Numerous operettas were composed by Offenbach in which he veiledly mocked the life and customs of the Second Empire; they turned to be a kind of the satirical chronicle of his time.

To commemorate the anniversary of Jacques Offenbach, we have prepared a musical selection comprised of the composer’s works that were recorded from musical records stored in the Museum Collection.

Biography of the composer is in the section AUTHORS.