Summary

'''Adolphe Charles Adam''' (; 24 July 1803 - 3 May 1856) was a French composer and music critic. A prolific composer of operas and ballets, he is best known today for his ballets ''Giselle'' (1841) and ''Le corsaire'' (1856, his last work), his operas ''Le postillon de Lonjumeau'' (1836), ''Le toréador'' (1849) and ''Si j'étais roi'' (1852)

and his Christmas carol ''Minuit, chrétiens!'' (1844), later set to different English lyrics and widely sung as "O Holy Night" (1847). Adam was a noted teacher, who taught Delibes and other influential composers.