October 25, 1838
June 3, 1875 in Bougival near Paris, France
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His full name was Alexandre-César-Léopold Bizet; he was a French composer who influenced the verismo school of opera
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Bizet wrote operas
, orchestral works, incidental music, compositions for piano and songs
He came from a musically-inclined family. His father taught singing and his mother was a pianist. His uncle, (his mother's brother) François Delsarte, also taught singing. He entered the Paris Conservatory when he was only 9 years old. He studied with Charles Gounod
and Fromental Halévy.
Undoubtedly, Bizet's greatest work is his opera Carmen which was based on a story by French author Prosper Mérimée. All in all he published 8 operas, including Pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) and "The Fair Maid of Perth," 12 piano duets, 37 published songs and some orchestral and incidental music.
Bizet won in the prestigious Prix de Rome for his cantata Clovis et Clotilde. His opera "Carmen" premiered at the Opéra-Comique on March 3, 1875. He married Geneviève Halévy (daughter of Jacques Halév) in 1869. Bizet served as a national guard during the siege of Paris.
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