Louis-Auguste-Florimond Ronger (1825-1892), better known as Hervé, was regarded as one of the fathers of operetta, a genre which can legitimately be said to trace its origins back to his one-act work, Don Quichotte et Sancho Pança (1847). Mam’zelle Nitouche (1883) is probably his most famous work. Not only did Hervé compose the music for this operetta, he was also singer, actor, impresario, theatre company director and conductor. In 1854, he opened his own theatre, the Folies Concertantes (later called the Folies-Nouvelles).
A selection of texts about Hervé can be found here. For more detailed information about his life and other related aspects, please visit the Bru Zane Mediabase site.