French composer Daniel François Esprit Auber was born in Caen in Normandy on 29 January 1782. He trained in business and also studied music, and began to write music and study with Luigi Cherubini.
He wrote a long series of mostly successful operas, the most successful of which was Fra Diavolo. He also succeeded Cherubini as director of the Conservatoire de Paris.
Auber died during the Paris Commune upheaval on either 12 or 13 May 1871, aged eighty-nine.
CD Spotlight. A Dark Nordic Kingdom - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Verdi's 'Gustavo III' ('Un ballo in maschera'). '... a good recording to remember a much expected but somewhat disappointing performance.'
CD Spotlight. Very Rare Stage Works - Gerald Fenech listens to music by Auber. '... committed vigour and passionate warmth.'
Profile. No Vulgar Commercialiser - George Colerick tells the story of Louis Jullien, a French impressario, composer and conductor famous in London in the nineteenth century
Ensemble. A Surreal Atmosphere - Daniel Auber's 'Fra Diavolo' is back in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
An Affectionate Eye - George Bernard Shaw as London Music Critic, by George Colerick
Ensemble. A Gala Atmosphere - Maria Nockin reports from Los Angeles Opera's opening night 'L'Elisir d'amore'
Ensemble. A Musical Gem - Donizetti's 'L'elisir d'amore', enjoyed by Maria Nockin