Georges Bizet


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
Spanish Heroines - Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Massenet, Bizet, Etc / Silvia Tro Santafe, Et Al
Release Date: 03/31/2009   Label: Signum U.k.  
Catalog: 152   Number of Discs: 1
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Bizet: Carmen / De los Angeles, Gedda, Beecham
Release Date: 10/14/2016   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 557668   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Les pêcheurs de perles: Au fond du temple saint

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    The Berlin Concert: Live From The Waldbühne / Domingo, Netrebko, Villazón
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    Best Film Classics 100
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    Reverie / John Stevens, Martha Fischer, Katie Stevens
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 446 Release Date: 05/23/2006   Number of Discs: 1
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    Hyppolite Belhomme & Léon Beyle - Recordings 1905-1910
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10027 Release Date: 04/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
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    East Village Opera Company
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    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
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    Original Masters - The Art Of Fritz Wunderlich
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    The Classical Album 2005
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000529102 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 60.
    100 Best Opera Classics
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    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Georges Bizet  ... 
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    Bandstand - A Musical Walk In The Park
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1129 Release Date: 02/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
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    A Night At The Opera / Rosenkrans, Thomas, Jepson, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557309 Release Date: 11/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
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    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7913 Release Date: 03/02/2004   Number of Discs: 1
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    The Pearl Fishers And Other Famous Operatic Duets
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555797 Release Date: 08/19/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
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    Neil Shicoff Live
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 561031 Release Date: 07/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 66.
    Great Voices Of The Past - Favorite French Excerpts
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 8016 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
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    Rapture - Opera's Most Heavenly Moments
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471717 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 2
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    Performer:  Marilyn Horne,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Teresa Berganza,  Mirella Freni  ... 
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    The Opera Album / Alagna, Callas, Pavarotti, Gheorghiu, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67830 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 69.
    Classics Explained - An Introduction To Bizet: Carmen
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558010 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Janez Lotric,  Boris Morozov
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner,  Alexander Rahbari
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  • 70.
    Opera Obsession! - Opera D'oro's Greatest Hits
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1001 Release Date: 03/05/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet,  Alfredo Catalani,  Jules Massenet  ... 
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    Rca Red Seal Century - Vocalists
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63860 Release Date: 11/06/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
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    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 8001 Release Date: 08/07/2001   Number of Discs: 2
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    The #1 Opera Album Vol 1
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467632 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 74.
    Prima Voce Vol 2 - Treasury Of Opera - Historic Recordings
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1738 Release Date: 11/28/2000   Number of Discs: 5
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    A-z Of Opera
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555037-38 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 2
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