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Jacques Offenbach (20 June 1819 – 5 October 1880) was a German-French composer, cellist and impresario of the romantic period. He is remembered for his nearly 100 operettas of the 1850s–1870s and his uncompleted opera The Tales of Hoffmann. He was a powerful influence on later composers of the operetta genre, particularly Johann Strauss, Jr. and Arthur Sullivan. His best-known works were continually revived during the 20th century, and many of his operettas continue to be staged in the 21st. The Tales of Hoffmann remains part of the standard opera repertory.
Born in Australia in 1977, Nicholas McRoberts began his musical studies at the age of five. He studied piano, composition and conducting at the Melbourne Conservatory, the Victorian College of Arts, the CNSM in Paris and the Ecole Normale. Since 1999, he has studied regularly with Maestro Jorma Panula and Maestro Dejan Savić. Today he lives in Paris. He regularly conducts in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria both the repertoire of classical opera (Mozart, Verdi, Puccini) as well as more contemporary works (Weil, Hindemith) and the symphonic repertoire (Debussy, Prokofiev). In 2018 he founded Opéra Montmartre in Paris – a popular and community-based opera initiative aimed at making opera accessible to all by renewing the approach. Also a composer, his first opera “Lyon” was premiered at the Ruse State Opera in Bulgaria in July 2016. His second opera “Nera” on a libretto by Vida Ognjenović was conceived for the National Theater in Belgrade.
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