Georges Bizet (25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875), registered at birth as Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, was a French composer of the Romantic era. Best known for his operas in a career cut short by his early death, Bizet achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen, which has become one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire opera repertoire.

During a brilliant student career at the Conservatoire de Paris, Bizet won many prizes, including the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1857. He was recognised as an outstanding pianist, though he chose not to capitalise on this skill and rarely performed in public. Returning to Paris after almost three years in Italy, he found that the main Parisian opera theatres preferred the established classical repertoire to the works of newcomers. His keyboard and orchestral compositions were likewise largely ignored; as a result, his career stalled, and he earned his living mainly by arranging and transcribing the music of others. Restless for success, he began many theatrical projects during the 1860s, most of which were abandoned. Neither of his two operas that reached the stage in this time—Les pêcheurs de perles and La jolie fille de Perth—were immediately successful.

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  • Carmen (1991)

    The libretto, by Henri Meilac and Ludovic Halévy, is based on a novella by Prosper Mérimée. The first performance of Carmen on 3 March 1875, produced such a hostile reaction that Bizet left Paris physically and psychologically ill, and died only three months later on 3 June 1875, following two se...

  • Romeo and Juliet (2009)

    Romeo and Juliet by S. Prokofiev and G. Bizet, from Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, 2009. Conductor Tugan Sokhiev.

  • Carmen (2014)

    Carmen by G. Bizet, from Arena di Verona, 2014. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli, conductor Henrik Nánási, starring Carlos Alvarez, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Carlo Ventre, Cristina Melis, Paolo Antognetti, Irina Lungu,Francesca Micarelli, Federico Longhi, Francesco Verna and Seung Pil Choi. Performed in ...

  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky Festival: Juan Diego Florez in Recital (2019)

    Dmitri Hvorostovsky Festival: Juan Diego Florez in Recital by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, Léhar, Massenet, Bizet, Puccini, from Dmitri Hvorostovsky Festival 2019, Krasnoyarsk, 2019. Directed by Anais Spiro, conductor . Starring Juan Diego Florez with Vincenzo Scalera, piano.

  • Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) (2004)

    Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) by G.Bizet, from Venezia Teatro La Fenice, performed at La Fenice, 2004. Directed by Pier Luigi Pizzi, conductor Marcello Viotti, starring Annick Massis, Letizia Giuliani, Luca Grassi, Luigi De Donato, Yasuharu Nakajima. Performed in French and Subtitled...

  • Carmen (2005)

    Carmen by Georges Bizet, from Opernfestspiele St. Margarethen, Austria, 2005. Directed by Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher, conductor Ernst Märzendorfer. Starring Nadia Krasteva, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Sebastian Holecek, Asa Elmgren; Ballet Español de Valencia, Chorus of the National Theatre Brno.