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The son of a Cologne synagogue cantor, Jacques and his violinist brother Julius Offenbach were trained at the Paris Conservatoire. Jacques Offenbach thereafter found employment as a cellist, initially at the Opéra-Comique. He developed a successful early career as a virtuoso on the instrument, for which he wrote a number of works, including a Concerto militaire and a Concertino. He was for five years conductor at the Théâtre Français, but in 1855 rented his own theatre, where his early light-hearted stage works were performed. He continued a successful career devoted largely to operetta and opéras comiques until his death in 1880.

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Weger, August: Portrait of Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880), Leo Baeck Institute, 78.85.