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ADOLPHE ADAM  

(1803 - 1856)

The son of a distinguished Paris Conservatoire piano teacher, Adolphe Adam was born in Paris in 1803. He won popular success with his many compositions for the stage, much of his later work necessitated by the failure of a theatre venture in the revolution of 1848 and the consequent need to pay off heavy debts (which were cleared by the time of his death in 1856).

Stage Works

Adam wrote some 80 works for the stage. Of these the best known remains the ballet Giselle or Les Wilis, first staged in 1841 and based on a legend according to which the ghosts of unmarried girls return to seek revenge on the living. This was immediately followed by La Jolie Fille de Gand (‘The Pretty Girl from Ghent’), in which the heroine rejects elopement with a nobleman in favour of marriage to her original lover. La Filleule des fées (‘The Fairies’ God-daughter’), staged in 1849, follows the fate of a girl bewitched by a bad fairy but eventually united with her prince. All three ballets were vehicles for the dancer Carlotta Grisi, whose admirers included Théophile Gautier, author of Giselle. Adam’s opera Si j’étais roi (‘If I Were King’) was among his most successful, and the overture remains in concert repertoire internationally. The opera Le Postillon de Lonjumeau (‘The Postilion of Lonjumeau’) had its first performance at the Paris Opéra-Comique in October 1836. The unlikely story deals with the rise of the coachman, Chapelou, to the position of principal tenor at the Paris Opéra after the director of the Opéra has overheard his remarkable song about the postilion of Lonjumeau.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Ballet Naxos 8.501055
Art and Music: Masters of the Modern Age Vol 1 Naxos 8.503269

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ADAM, A.: Corsaire (Le) [Ballet] (Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7140D
Ballet DVD
ADAM, A.: Corsaire (Le) [Ballet] (Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, 2013) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1129D
Ballet DVD
ADAM, A.: Giselle (Australian Ballet, 1986) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAF4013D
Ballet DVD
ADAM, A.: Giselle (Cullberg Ballet studio production, 1987) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101380
Ballet DVD
ADAM, A.: Giselle (La Scala Ballet, 1996) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100061
Ballet DVD
ADAM, A.: Giselle (La Scala Ballet, 2005) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107289
Ballet DVD
ADAM, A.: Giselle (Paris Opera Ballet, 2006) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Arthaus Musik
108049
Ballet DVD
ADAM, A.: Giselle (Paris Opera Ballet, 2006) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) TDKDVD
DVBD-BLGISP
Ballet DVD
ADAM, A.: Giselle (Paris Opera Ballet, 2006) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107321
Ballet DVD
ADAM, A.: Giselle (Paris Opera Ballet, 2006) (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-BLGISP
Ballet DVD
ADAM, A.: Giselle (Royal Ballet, 2006) (Blu-ray, NTSC) Opus Arte
OABD7030D
Ballet DVD
ADAM, A.: Giselle (Royal Opera House, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7151D
Ballet DVD
ADAM, A.: Giselle (Royal Opera House, 2014) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1144D
Ballet DVD
ADAM, A.: Giselle / CHOPIN, F.: Les Sylphides (Robinson, Rignold) (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAD5030
Ballet DVD
ADAM, A.: Giselle [Ballet] (Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Marriner) Capriccio
C10568
Ballet
ADAM, A.: Giselle [Ballet] (Highlights) (Slovak Radio Symphony, Mogrelia) Naxos
8.572924
Ballet
ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] Capriccio
C51180
Opera
ADAM: Filleule des Fees (La) (Complete Ballet) Marco Polo
8.223734-35
Ballet
ADAM: Giselle (Bolshoi Theatre, 1990) (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-BLGIS
Ballet DVD
ADAM: Giselle (Complete Ballet) Naxos
8.550755-56
Ballet
ADAM: Giselle (excerpts) / DELIBES: Sylvia Suite / TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker Suite Amadis
7110
Ballet
ADAM: Giselle (La Scala, 2005) (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-BLGISS
Ballet DVD
ADAM: Giselle (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100060
Ballet DVD
ADAM: Giselle / TCHAIKOVSKY: Nutcracker (The) / PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-BOXBAL3
Ballet DVD
ADAM: Jolie Fille de Gand (La) (Complete Ballet) Marco Polo
8.223772-73
Ballet
Art and Music: Degas - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558144
Ballet
Ballet Music - BURGMULLER, J.F.F. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / MINKUS, L. / PAULLI, H.S. / HERTEL, P.L. / ASAFIEV, B.V. (Spassov) Capriccio
C67012
Ballet
BALLET SPECTACULAR (Royal Ballet, 2000-2006) (3 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1182BD
Ballet DVD
Ballets - DELIBES, L. / CHOPIN, F. / ADAM, A. / MASSENET, J. / DEBUSSY, C. (Fricke, Marriner, Pommer, Sandor) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix416
Ballet
BEAUTY OF BALLET (THE) (Australian Ballet, 1986-1995) (5 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAF4030BD
Ballet DVD
BEREDEN VAG - Christmas-songs BIS
BIS-NL-CD-5007
Choral - Sacred
CANDLELIGHT CAROLS BIS
BIS-NL-CD-5028
Choral - Sacred
CAPRICER MED OD, Vol. 2 (1970-1975) BIS
BIS-NL-CD-5016
Choral - Sacred
CARUSO, Enrico: Complete Recordings, Vol. 9 (1914-1916) Naxos Historical
8.110750
Vocal
CHOPIN, F.: Sylphides (Les) / DELIBES, L.: Coppelia (Nerina, Helpmann, Fonteyn, Nureyev) (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAD5058
Ballet DVD
Choral Concert (Christmas): Elora Festival Singers (The Wonder of Christmas) Naxos
8.573421
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: United States Army Chorus - LOBODA, S. / BACH, J.S. / ADAM, A. / YON, P.A. (Night of the Miracle) Altissimo
75442202562
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - WADE, J. / RUTTER, J. / GRAINGER, P. / HEAD, M. / LEONTOVITCH, M. / DIRKSEN, R. / PINKHAM, D. (St. John's Cathedral Choir) Delos
DE3128
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music (Sacred) - BACH, J.S. / SCHUBERT, F. / ZELENKA, J.D. / SCHEIN, J.H. / HANDEL, G.F. / SCHUTZ, H. / BRUCKNER, A. / SCHUBERT, F. Capriccio
C49337
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS BOULEVARD Capriccio
C49329
Vocal
CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION (United States Army Soldiers' Chorus, United States Army Field Band) Altissimo
75442255542
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS CHORAL CONCERT - HANDEL, G.F. / MOZART, W.A. / BACH, J.S. / PRAETORIUS, M. / GRUBER, F.X. / BACH, J.C.F. / ADAM, A. Capriccio
C49105
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS CHORAL MUSIC - A Winter's Light (Vasari Singers, Ford, Backhouse) Naxos
8.573030
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS Eaken Piano Trio: Home for the Holidays Naxos
8.554099
Chamber Music
CHRISTMAS Ett barn ar fott - Julsanger fran hela varlden Naxos
8.554490
Chamber Music
CHRISTMAS FESTIVE CONCERT - BACH, J.S. / HANDEL, G.F. / PRAETORIUS, M. / MANFREDINI, F.O. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / GABRIELI, G. Capriccio
C49310
Choral - Sacred
Christmas from a Golden Age (1925-1950) Naxos Historical
8.110296
Vocal
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY TRADITIONS (United States Air Force Singing Sergeants) Altissimo
75442262072
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS IN SWEDEN BIS
BIS-CD-1179
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS Julstamning - De klassiska melodierna och de alskade sangerna (Christmas Spirit - The Classic Melodies and Beloved Songs) Naxos
8.503157
Vocal
CHRISTMAS MEDITATION Capriccio
C7073
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS MUSIC - Jul i vart hus Naxos
8.578193
Orchestral
CHRISTMAS MUSIC - Mittens for Christmas (Kirkmount) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-93236
Chamber Music
CHRISTMAS MUSIC - Snowflakes (A Classical Christmas) (Baadsvik) BIS
BIS-CD-1885
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS MUSIC (Finnish - Jouluna Jumala syntyi) (Tapiola Choir) Ondine
ODE828-2
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS MUSIC FROM SWEDEN BIS
BIS-CD-533
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS SONGS (Jouluyo, Juhlayo) Ondine
ODE814-2
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS VOCAL MUSIC - REICHARDT, J.F. / BACH, J.S. / NEUNER, K. / ADAM, A. / GUMPELZHAIMER, A. / BRAHMS, J. / HANDEL, G.F. (Kowalski) Capriccio
C10834
Vocal
CHRISTMAS When You Wish Upon a Star Naxos
8.557451
Orchestral
DELIBES / ADAM: Ballet Favourites Naxos
8.553270
Ballet
EVENING WITH THE ROYAL BALLET (AN) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1087D
Ballet DVD
FAMOUS FRENCH OVERTURES Naxos
8.550473
Orchestral
French Ballet Favourites Naxos
8.554062
Ballet
French Overtures (Famous) Naxos
8.553264
Orchestral
GREAT BALLET (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501055
Ballet
GREAT BALLETS OF THE OPERA NATIONAL DE PARIS - Giselle / Sylvia / Le jeune homme et la mort / Carmen (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-BOXPARIS
Ballet DVD
GREAT BALLETS OF THE TEATRO ALLA SCALA (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-BOXSCALA
Ballet DVD
GREAT WALTZES (The) - The Essential Collection Naxos
8.578041-42
Ballet
INVITATION TO THE DANCE Naxos
8.550081
Ballet
JOULU - Nyt tähtitarhoihin laulu soi Ondine
ODE1257-2
Choral - Sacred
JOULUN TAHDET Ondine
ODE1138-2
Choral - Sacred
JULTONER FRAN FORR (Swedish Christmas Nostalgia) - Original Recordings from 1928 to 1954 Naxos Historical
8.103013
Orchestral
KAUNEIMMAT JOULULAULUT Ondine
ODE948-2
Vocal
LANZA, Mario: The Christmas Album (1950-1952) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120720
Nostalgia
LISTEN, LEARN AND GROW: Playtime Fun and Games Naxos Educational
8.555812
Ballet
MATTILA, Karita: Christmas Carols (Karita's Christmas) Ondine
ODE1010-2
Vocal
MATTILA, Karita: Karitan Joulu (Kauneimpia joululauluja) Ondine
ODE1009-2
Vocal
MELCHIOR, Lauritz: American Recordings (1946-47) Naxos Historical
8.111239
Vocal
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE UNITED STATES MILITARY BANDS Altissimo
75442203122
Choral - Sacred
MUSIC FOR COLORATURA SOPRANO, FLUTE AND PIANO BIS
BIS-CD-45
Vocal
My First Ballet Album Naxos
8.578205
Ballet
MY FIRST BALLET COLLECTION (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1019D
Ballet DVD
NESSUN DORMA - ARIAS FOR TENOR Naxos
8.571086
Opera
OI JOULUYÖ (CHRISTMAS CAROLS) Ondine
ODE1252-2
Vocal
Opera Arias (Baritone): Labreque, Jacques - LECOCQ, C. / ADAM, A. / AUDRAN, E. / PLANQUETTE, R. (Music from French Operettas) (1950) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81220
Opera
OPERA BOX Naxos
8.503203
Opera
OPERA NATIONAL DE PARIS: The Ballet Classics - Coppelia / Paquita / Giselle (3 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107532
Ballet DVD
Orchestral Music - BOYCE, W. / PURCELL, H. / MOZART, L. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / HUMMEL, J.N. / ADAM, A. (Sir Neville Marriner Jubilee Edition) Capriccio
C49266-5
Ballet
PANDA CLASSICS - Issue Nos. 1-3 (3CD box set) Naxos
8.503204
Ballet
PERRELLI, Charlotte: RimfrostJul (The Christmas Song) Naxos
8.570730
Vocal
PRECIOUS - CHRISTMAS MUSIC WITH YOSHIKAZU MERA BIS
BIS-CD-1049
Vocal
SCHMIDT, Joseph: Arias and Songs (1929-36) Naxos Historical
8.111318-19
Opera
SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101135
Classical Concert
TEATRO ALLA SCALA: The Ballet Classics - Swan Lake / Giselle / Raymonda (3-DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107530
Ballet DVD
TENOR ARIAS (Janez Lotric) Naxos
8.555920
Opera
TREASURES OF THE RUSSIAN BALLET (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAD5074
Ballet DVD
ULTIMATE BALLET ALBUM (THE) Naxos
8.570011-12
Ballet
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND AND SINGING SERGEANTS: Joy To The World Altissimo
75442260272
Choral - Sacred
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND DIPLOMATS: Do You Hear What I Hear Altissimo
75442260242
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF LIBERTY: Most Wonderful Time (The) Altissimo
75442259952
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE GOLDEN WEST: Holiday Fantasies Altissimo
75442260372
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND: Let There Be Peace On Earth Altissimo
75442260762
Choral - Sacred
Violin Recital: Huang, Bin - Christmas Music arranged for Violin and Piano (The Christmas Story) Dynamic
CDS7681
Chamber Music
Vocal Music - ORFF, C. / ADAM, A. / CORNELIUS, P. / WENNERBERG, G. / STENHAMMAR, W. / ADOLPHSON, O. (A Kaleidoscope) (Mattei) BIS
BIS-CD-1954
Choral - Sacred
Vocal Recital: Sirkia, Raimo - SIBELIUS, J. / ADOLPHE, A. / MADETOJA, L. / FRANCK, C. / BERLIN, I. (Valkea joulu) Ondine
ODE885-2
Vocal
WONDER OF CHRISTMAS (THE) Altissimo
75442255462
Choral - Sacred
Role: Non-Classical Composer 
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