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Giacomo Meyerbeer (September 5, 1791 – May 2, 1864) was a noted German-born opera composer, and the first great exponent of Grand Opera.

Meyerbeer was born to a Jewish family in Tasdorf, near Berlin, Germany with the name Jacob Liebmann Beer. His father was the enormously wealthy financier Jacob Judah Herz Beer (1769-1825) and his much-beloved mother, Amalia Liebmann Meyer Wulff (1767-1854) also came from the wealthy elite. Their other children included the astronomer Wilhelm Beer and the poet Michael Beer… read more

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  • He was famous.
  • Only noticed this guy because Wagner hated this composer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das_Judenthum_in_der_Musik
  • what you're saying is that he's regarded as a pretty prominent figure in the least commonly performed genre of opera. seriously guy even wikipedia says he's obscure; like the article goes out of its way to point out that you're not supposed to know who this guy is
  • he IS famous.. he is regarded as one of the most important composer of Grand opéra (the leading type of opera in middle of 19th century).
  • he isnt famous you twit
  • Didn't realize how famous this guy was. I thought I was just playing some old classical/romantic music noone knew about.

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