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 solfčge 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 pęcheurs 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 Genevičve 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'arlčsienne 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: Complete Orchestral Works / Batiz, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 08/28/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94404   Number of Discs: 3
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  • 226.
    Il Mito Dell'opera - Flaviano Labo
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1068 Release Date: 04/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Umberto Giordano,  Alfredo Catalani,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Flaviano Labň,  Piero Cappuccilli,  Gianna Galli,  Marcella De Osma
    Conductor:  Ottavio Ziino,  Bruno Bartoletti,  Pietro Argento,  A. Narducci
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parma Teatro Regio Orchestra,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin  ... 
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    Prima Voce - Giacomo Lauri-volpi
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7845 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Umberto Giordano,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Giacomo Lauri-Volpi,  Luigi Borgonovo
    Conductor:  Mario Cordone,  Franco Ghione,  Rosario Bourdon,  Giulio Setti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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  • 228.
    Lanza - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68134 Release Date: 04/11/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Helen Guy,  Agustín Lara,  Albert Hay Malotte  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Lanza
    Conductor:  Constantin Callinicos,  Ray Sinatra,  Carlo Savina,  Henri René
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Jeff Alexander Choir  ... 
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  • 229.
    Tenors Greatest Hits / Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 62709 Release Date: 02/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Placido Domingo,  Leontyne Price
    Conductor:  Luis Garcia-Navarro,  Giancarlo Masini,  Zubin Mehta,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra,  Grudgionz Festival Chorus,  Grudgionz Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 230.
    Helge Rosvaenge Konzert 1959
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90103 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge,  Walter Stoll,  Gisela Behm,  Heinz Braun  ... 
    Conductor:  Zoltán Rozsnyai,  Hans Löwlein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Hungarica,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 231.
    Helge Roswaenge - The Early Recordings
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89201 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Jules Massenet,  Charles Gounod,  Friedrich von Flotow  ... 
    Performer:  Felicie Hüni-Mihacsek,  Helge Rosvaenge,  Theodor Scheidl,  Hedwig Von Debicka  ... 
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  • 232.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Antonio Cortis
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89043 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Antonio Cortis,  Anna Rozsa
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Giovanni Zenatello
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89038 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Giovanni Zenatello,  Apollo Granforte,  Hina Spani,  A Boemi  ... 
    Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon,  Carlo Sabajno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Helge Rosvaenge Vol 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89211 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge,  Gerhard Hüsch,  Wilhelm Strienz,  Margarete Teschemacher  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Rudolf Moralt,  Erwin Baltzer,  Hanns Steinkopf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Helge Roswaenge
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89018 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Rudolf Wille,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge
    Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Rudolf Moralt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 236.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Marcel Wittrisch
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89024 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Cornelius,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Marcel Wittrisch,  Margarete Klose,  Wilhelm Strienz,  Margarete Teschemacher  ... 
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  • 237.
    Operntheater - Berühmte Tenöre Der 30er Jahre
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90953 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Paul von Klenau,  Richard Wagner,  Viktor Nessler  ... 
    Performer:  Ivan Kozlovsky,  Marcel Wittrisch,  Franz Völker,  Richard Tauber  ... 
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  • 238.
    Prima Voce - Caruso In Opera Vol 2
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7866 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Anton Rubinstein,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Enrico Caruso,  Nellie Melba
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  • 239.
    Basic 100 Vol 52 - Bizet: Carmen Highlights / Karajan, Et Al
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68021 Release Date: 11/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Franco Corelli,  Mirella Freni,  Leontyne Price,  Robert Merrill
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 240.
    Domingo Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61406 Release Date: 09/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Leontyne Price
    Conductor:  Nello Santi,  Zubin Mehta,  Edward Downes,  Sherrill Milnes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 241.
    Mario Del Monaco - Opera Arias
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1039 Release Date: 09/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Del Monaco
    Conductor:  Argeo Quadri,  Tomaso Benintende-Neglia
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Symphony Orchestra
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  • 242.
    Pavarotti's Opera Made Easy - My Favorite Love Songs
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443599 Release Date: 08/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Charles Gounod,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  William Matteuzzi,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Marilyn Horne,  Dame Joan Sutherland  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané,  Leone Magiera,  Henry Lewis,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra  ... 
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  • 243.
    Prima Voce - Great Singers At La Scala, Milan
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7858 Release Date: 08/02/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Georges Bizet,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Toti Dal Monte,  Francesco Tamagno,  Miguel Fleta,  Ezio Pinza  ... 
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  • 244.
    The Essential 3 Tenors / Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 21273 Release Date: 07/12/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Giacomo Aragall,  Juan Pons,  Teresa Berganza  ... 
    Conductor:  Luis Garcia-Navarro,  Daniel Oren,  Edward Downes,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra,  Seville Symphony Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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  • 245.
    Granada - The Greatest Hits Of Placido Domingo
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445777 Release Date: 07/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Helen Guy,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Walter Gullino,  Rosalind Plowright,  Nicolai Ghiaurov  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Karl-Heinz Loges,  Marcel Peeters,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus  ... 
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  • 246.
    All Star Tenors Salute The World
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 64394 Release Date: 05/17/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giacomo Puccini,  Luiz Bonfá  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Placido Domingo,  Bonaventure Bottone,  José Carreras  ... 
    Conductor:  Emerson Buckley,  John Pritchard,  John Pryce-Jones,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emilia Romagna Arturo Toscanini Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 247.
    Prima Voce - Bjorling Vol 2
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7842 Release Date: 05/02/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Sjöberg,  Karl Millöcker,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Hjördis Schymberg,  Harry Ebert
    Conductor:  Nils Grevillius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 248.
    Italian & French Opera Arias / Peter Dvorsky, Lenard
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550343 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eduardo Di Capua,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Agustín Lara,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Dvorsky
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 249.
    Bizet: Carmen (Highlights)
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550727 Release Date: 01/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Doina Palade,  Giorgio Lamberti,  Alan Titus,  Graciela Alperyn
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Chorus,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
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  • 250.
    Jan Kiepura Volume 1
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9976 Release Date: 11/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Frédéric Chopin,  Traditional,  N. Rutkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Kiepura,  Otto Herz,  Wolfgang Rebner,  Urstein,
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann,  Robert Stolz,  Hans Swarowsky,  Werner Schmidt-Bölke  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Odeon-Künstler Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra  ... 
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