Georges Bizet

Biography

Born: 1838   Died: 1875   Country: France   Period: Romantic
Known for one of the world's most popular operas, Carmen, Georges Bizet deserves attention as well for other works of remarkable melodic charm. Many of his works received cool receptions on their premieres but are now considered central to the repertory of classical music.

Bizet was born in Paris on October 25, 1838, and grew up in a happy, musical family that encouraged his talents. He learned to read music at the same time he learned to
Read more read letters, and equally well. Entering the Paris Conservatory before he was ten, he earned first prize in solfège within six months, a first prize in piano in 1852, and eventually, the coveted Prix de Rome in 1857 for his cantata Clovis et Clotilde. His teachers had included Marmontel for piano and Halévy for composition, but the greatest influence on him was Charles Gounod, of whom Bizet later said "You were the beginning of my life as an artist." Bizet himself hid away his Symphony in C, written when he was 17, feeling it was too much like its models, Gounod's symphonies. The two years spent in Rome after winning his prize, would be the only extensive time, and a greatly impressionable one, that Bizet would spend outside of Paris in his brief life. When he returned to Paris, he lost confidence in his natural talents and began to substitute dry Germanic or academic writing for his own developing idiom. He composed a one-act opera for production at the Opéra-Comique, but the theater's director engaged him to write a full-length opera instead, Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers). It was not a success at the time, but despite a few weaknesses, the work was revived in 1886, and its sheer beauty has earned it a respected position among the lesser-played operatic repertory. In 1863 Bizet's father bought land outside Paris where he built two bungalows, one of which Bizet frequently used as a compositional retreat. He began a friendship (apparently not a physical one) with a neighbor-woman named Céleste Mogador, a former actress, author, courtesan, circus rider, and dance-hall girl. She is said to have been the model for his masterpiece's title role of Carmen. Bizet earned his living as an accompanist and publishing house arranger. Meanwhile, he poured his creative efforts into an immense five-act opera in the grand tradition, Ivan IV, but it was never performed. This proved to be a pattern for the rest of his career. Bizet would work hard to get an opera produced, and even if he did, it would usually receive only a handful of performances. Bizet's corpus of unfinished works is large, and testifies to his unsettled existence and his difficulty in finding a place in France's notoriously hierarchical and conservative musical world. In 1869 Bizet married Geneviève Halévy, daughter of his teacher. The marriage did not turn out to be a happy one, primarily due to her family's history of mental illness. In 1872, Bizet's splendid incidental music for the play L'arlèsienne was poorly received, but when the composer assembled the music into an orchestral suite for a November performance, it found great acclaim. At last confident of his creative vision, Bizet was able to steer his final masterpiece through various obstacles, including the objections of singers and theater directors who were shocked by Carmen's subject matter. When the opera had its premiere on March 3, 1875, it was received barely well enough to hang on for future productions. Although it took audiences only a few weeks to catch on, Bizet died convinced it was a failure. Read less
Bizet: Carmen / Plasson, Gheorghiu, Alagna, Mula, Hampson
Release Date: 02/25/2003   Label: Emi Classics  
Catalog: 57434   Number of Discs: 3
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Bizet: Complete Orchestral Works / Batiz
Release Date: 08/28/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94404   Number of Discs: 3
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Bizet: Carmen / Kaufmann, Kasarova, Welser-Most
Release Date: 10/27/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002188409   Number of Discs: 1
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Bizet: Roma, Symphony No 1 / Lamberto Gardelli, Munich Rso
Release Date: 12/12/1995   Label: Orfeo  
Catalog: 184891   Number of Discs: 1
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Bizet: Djamileh / Gardelli, Popp, Bonisolli, Lafont
Release Date: 05/23/1995   Label: Orfeo  
Catalog: 174881   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Carmen

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    Bizet: Carmen / Nanasi, Arena Di Verona Orchestra and Chorus
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 121 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Federico Longhi,  Irina Lungu,  Carlos Alvarez,  Ekaterina Semenchuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Henrik Nánási
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena Orchestra,  Verona Teatro Arena Chorus
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    Bizet: Carmen / Nanasi, Arena Di Verona Orchestra And Chorus [blu-ray]
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 421 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Cristina Melis,  Carlo Ventre,  Ekaterina Semenchuk,  Carlos Alvarez  ... 
    Conductor:  Henrik Nánási
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena Orchestra,  Verona Teatro Arena Chorus
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    Jonas Kaufmann - Carmen, Tosca, Faust, Werther
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002359909 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Charles Gounod,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Emily Magee,  Marina Poplavskaya  ... 
    Conductor:  Paolo Carignani,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin,  Michel Plasson,  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Orchestra,  Zurich Opera House Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Jonas Kaufmann: Carmen - Tosca - Faust - Werther
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002360059 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Charles Gounod,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Emily Magee,  Marina Poplavskaya  ... 
    Conductor:  Paolo Carignani,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin,  Michel Plasson,  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Orchestra,  Zurich Opera House Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Karajan - The Opera Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002328102 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 70
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Franz Lehár,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Performer:  Heinz Zednik,  Christine Barbaux,  Katia Ricciarelli,  José Van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Paris Opera Chorus,  Schöneberg Boys Choir  ... 
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    Bizet: Carmen / Kleiber, Domingo, Obraztsova, Mazurok
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109096 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Isobel Buchanan,  Placido Domingo,  Elena Obraztsova,  Yuri Mazurok
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Bizet: Carmen / Kleiber, Domingo, Obraztsova, Mazurok [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109097 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Isobel Buchanan,  Placido Domingo,  Elena Obraztsova,  Yuri Mazurok
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Bizet: Carmen / Horne, McCracken, Bernstein
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186216 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Adriana Maliponte,  Marcia Baldwin,  Marilyn Horne,  James McCracken  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Manhattan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus
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    Bizet: Carmen / Kaufmann, Kasarova, Welser-Most
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002188409 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Isabel Rey,  Sen Guo,  Kresimir Strazanac,  Vesselina Kasarova  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Chorus
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    Bizet: Carmen / Welser-most, Kaufmann, Kasarova, Rey [blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002188559 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Isabel Rey,  Sen Guo,  Kresimir Strazanac,  Vesselina Kasarova  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Chorus
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    Bizet: Carmen / Pretre, Callas, Guiot, Gedda, Massard
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 634110 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Andréa Guiot,  Nadine Sautereau,  Jean-Paul Vauquelin,  Maria Callas  ... 
    Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra,  René Duclos Chorus,  Jean Pesneaud Children's Choir
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    Leonard Bernstein Collection Vol 1 [59 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 2027800 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Leonard Bernstein,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  René Kollo,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Kurt Moll,  Hanna Schwarz  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Concert Choir,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Bizet: Carmen / Castles-onion, Shaham, Popov, Swadivong, Jones, Car
    Label: Opera Australia   Catalog: 56042 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Andrew Jones,  Dmitri Popov,  Rinat Shaham,  Nicole Car  ... 
    Conductor:  Brian Castles-Onion
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra,  Opera Australia Chorus
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    Bizet: Carmen / Castles-onion, Shaham, Popov, Swadivong, Jones, Car
    Label: Opera Australia   Catalog: 56043 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Nicole Car,  Rinat Shaham,  Dmitri Popov,  Andrew Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Brian Castles-Onion
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra,  Opera Australia Chorus
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    Bizet: Carmen / Jordan, Von Otter, Glyndebourne Festival
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 6011 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Lisa Milne,  Marcus Haddock,  Laurent Naouri
    Conductor:  Philippe Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
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    Bizet: Carmen / Karajan, Di Stefano, Simionato
    Label: La Scala   Catalog: 10 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Rosanna Carteri,  Giuseppe Modesti,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Michel Roux  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Essential Opera Collection [19 DVDs]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 6000 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Ruggero Raimondi,  Daniela Dessi,  Fabio Armiliato,  Lorenzo Regazzo  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurizio Benini,  Victor Pablo Pérez,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus,  Paris National Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Bizet: Carmen / Paternostro, Pantos, Murgu, Otelli, Ferretti
    Label: United Classics   Catalog: 2012062 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Claudio Otelli,  Fiamma Izzo d'Amico,  Peter Van Den Berg,  Marcin Bronikowski  ... 
    Conductor:  Roberto Paternostro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart State Opera Chorus,  Stuttgart State Opera Children's Chorus,  Württemberg Philharmonie Reutlingen
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  • 19.
    Bizet: Carmen (Sung In German) / Ludwig, Prey, Schock, Stein
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 123002 Release Date: 04/02/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Melitta Muszely,  Hermann Prey,  Christa Ludwig,  Rudolf Schock
    Conductor:  Horst Stein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Schoneberg Boys Choir,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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    Bizet: Carmen / Ozawa, Norman, Freni, Schicoff, Estes
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001726402 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Mirella Freni,  Neil Shicoff,  François Le Roux,  Gérard Garino  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  French National Radio Chorus
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    Bizet: Carmen / Sinopoli, Larmore, Gheorghiu, Moser, Ramey
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 660575 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Thomas Moser,  Samuel Ramey,  Nathalie Boissy  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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  • 22.
    Arena Di Verona - Verdi: Aida; Bizet: Carmen; Puccini: Tosca
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107520 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Kristijan Johannsson,  Juan Pons,  Maria Chiara,  Dolora Zajic  ... 
    Conductor:  Nello Santi,  Alain Lombard,  Daniel Oren
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena Orchestra,  Verona Teatro Arena Chorus,  Benjamin Britten Children's Choir
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  • 23.
    Bizet: Carmen / Garanca, Alagna, Nezet-seguin, Metropolitan Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001680059 Release Date: 06/05/2012  
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Keith Miller,  Barbara Frittoli,  Roberto Alagna,  Elina Garanca  ... 
    Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Bizet: Carmen / Molinari Pradelli, Simionato, Corelli, Bastianini, Scotto
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 66 Release Date: 05/15/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Giulietta Simionato,  Franco Corelli,  Ettore Bastianini,  Renata Scotto
    Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
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    Bizet: Carmen / Obraztsova, Domingo, Kleiber
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107263 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Yuri Mazurok,  Placido Domingo,  Elena Obraztsova,  Isobel Buchanan
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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Georges Bizet


WORKS
Prélude
Introduction: "Sur la place chacun passe"
Que chercez-vous, la belle?
Marche et Choeur des gamins: "Avec la garde montante"
"Halte! Repos!" / "Une jolie fille est venue"
Et la garde descendante
Dites-moi, brigadier
"La cloche a sonné"
Dans l'air, nous suivons des yeux la fumée
Mais nous ne voyons pas la Carmencita?
"Quand je vous aimerai?"/Havanaise: "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle"
Scène: "Carmen, sur tes pas nous nous pressons tous!"
"Monsieur le brigadier?" / Duo:"Parle-moi de ma mère!"
Votre mère avec moi sortait de la chapelle
Ma Mère, je la vois!
Tu la verras! Eh bien!
Choeur: "Au secours!"
Ah! enfin! un peu de silence!
Chanson et Mélodrame: "Avez-vous quelque chose à ré- pondre?..." "Tra la la la ...."
Vous êtes si jeune, seigneur officier
"Près des remparts de Séville"
Final: "Le lieutenant! Prenez garde..."
Entr'acte
Chanson: "Les tringles des sistres tintaient"
Vous avez quelque chose à nous dire...?
Choeur et Ensemble: "Vivat! vivat le Toréro!"
Couplets: "Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre"
Messieurs les officiers, je vous en supplie
Quintette: "Nous avons en tête une affaire!"
En voilà assez
Chanson: "Halte-là! Qui va là?"
Enfin ... Tu as mis le temps!
Duo: "Je vais danser en votre honneur"
"La fleur que tu m'avais jetée"
Non, tu ne m'aimes pas!
Final: "Holà! Carmen! Holà!"
Suis-nous à travers la campagne
Entr'acte
Introduction: "Ecoute, compagnon, écoute!"
Carmen, ne me fuis pas...
Trio: "Mêlons! Coupons!"
Carreau! Pique! ...La Mort!
Parlez encore, parlez
"Alerte!!!" - Morceau d'Ensemble: "Quant au douanier, c'est notre affaire!"
Nous y sommes, petite...
Air: "Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante"
Mais .. je ne me trompe pas...
Je suis Escamillo, Toréro de Grenade!
Final: "Holà! holà! José!"
Halte! quelqu'un est là qui cherche à se cacher!
Entr'acte
Choeur: "A dos cuartos!"
"Qu'avez-vous fait de la Carmencita?" - Choeur et Scéne: "Les voici! les voici!"
Si tu m'aimes, Carmen...
Duo final: "C'est toi!" / "C'est moi!"
L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Digital Remaster): Prélude
L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Digital Remaster): Menuet
L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Digital Remaster): Adagietto
L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Digital Remaster): Carillon
L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Digital Remaster): Pastorale
L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Digital Remaster): Intermezzo
L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Digital Remaster): Minuet (from 'La jolie fille de Perth')
L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Digital Remaster): Farandole
Bizet: Carmen - Overture (Prelude)
Bizet: Carmen - Entracte (between Act I & II)
Bizet: Carmen - Entracte (Between Act II & III)
Bizet: Carmen / Act 3 - Entr'acte
Symphony in C (2000 Digital Remaster): Allegro vivo
Symphony in C (2000 Digital Remaster): Adagio
Symphony in C (2000 Digital Remaster): Allegro vivace & Trio
Symphony in C (2000 Digital Remaster): Allegro vivace