Personalities | Daniel-François-Esprit Auber | Early Romantic | Classical
(Dan-yel’ Fran-swa Es-pre’ O-bâr’) 1782–1871
Auber is renowned for his operas and was the leading composer of opéras comiques in nineteenth-century France. He studied with Cherubini in Paris, writing concertos and vocal music before turning his attention to operas. His most important work is La muette de Portici (1828), one of many collaborations with the librettist Eugène Scribe, which deals with the Neapolitan insurrection under Masaniello in 1647 and which proved influential to other composers of the era. Auber became director of the Paris Conservatoire in 1842 and remained there until its closure in 1870.
Fra Diavolo, soloists, Monte Carlo Philharmonic (cond) Marc Soustrot (EMI/Erato)
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