RETURNAdolphe Adam

Adolphe Adam

He was born in Paris on 24/7/1803. Since his father was a musician, he tried to keep him from taking up the same profession. However, Adolphe’s love for music became his path. In 1817 he began his piano studies at the Paris Conservatory and four years later he enrolled in professor François Boieldieu’s composition class. Impressed by his talent, Boieldieu asked him to help orchestrate the overture to the opera La Dame Blanche (1825). Adolphe then traveled to Germany, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland. In Switzerland, he met Eugène Scribe, the librettist of the opera La Dame Blanche, with whom he collaborated for thirty years. In 1929 he composed his first complete opera Pierre et Catherine, but his first great success came in 1836 with the opera Le Postillon de Lonjumeau, which established his reputation internationally. He composed ballets for London, St. Petersburg and Berlin. The works that established him as one of the leading composers are Faust (1833), Le Corsaire (1848) and especially the ballet Giselle (1841), which is still performed to great acclaim. His last stage work was the one-act opera Les Panting de Violette (29/4/1856). Adam died a few days before, on 05/03/1856, in Paris at the age of 53. His ballet Giselle has been presented many times at the Greek National Opera. // Last update of the biography: October 2023- The list of the productions bellow is complete.