July 24, 1803, Paris, France.

May 3, 1856, Paris, France.

Cimetière de Montmartre, Paris, France.


Adam’s father Louis taught at the Paris Conservatory. Adolphe studied under him, Henry Lemoine, Benoist, Reicha, and Boieldieu, and was a friend of Louis Hérold. Adam received honorable mention in the 1824 Prix de Rome competition, then won the prize the following year. In his life, he wrote more than 50 operas and 12 ballets; one of the best known is Giselle, ou Les Wilis (1841). His other works include:

  1. O Holy Night