According to The Oxford Companion to Music
, Daniel François Esprit Auber was born in Caen and died in Paris aged eighty-nine. He came to London early in life and whilst earning a living in a business house, took an active part in all musical pursuits. At twenty-two he returned to Paris, where he quickly became known as a composer, at first of instrumental music. In his early thirties his operas began to be heard, and he now formed with the dramatist Scribe an alliance as close and essential as the later one between Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
. He felt the influence of Rosini and adopted Rosini's style to the French taste.
He wrote about forty operas and curiously never attended performances of his own works. He was a great melodist, an easy harmonist and an effective orchestrater; his works offering no difficulty to the listener. For the most part they belong to the genre of "opéra comique". In 1842 he became head of the Paris Conservatory and in 1857 musical director to Napoleon III.