Charles-François Gounod (17 June 1818 – 18 October 1893), usually known as Charles Gounod, was a French composer. He wrote twelve operas, of which the most popular has always been Faust (1859); his Roméo et Juliette (1867) also remains in the international repertory. He composed a large amount of church music, many songs, and popular short pieces including his Ave Maria (an elaboration of a Bach piece), and Funeral March of a Marionette.
Born in Paris into an artistic and musical family Gounod was a student at the Conservatoire de Paris and won France's most prestigious musical prize, the Prix de Rome. His studies took him to Italy, Austria and then Prussia, where he met Felix Mendelssohn, whose advocacy of the music of Bach was an early influence on him. He was deeply religious, and after his return to Paris, he briefly considered becoming a priest. He composed prolifically, writing church music, songs, orchestral music and operas.
Romeo et Juliette (2011)
Romeo et Juliette by C. Gounod, from Arena di Verona, 2011. Directed by Francesco Micheli, conductor Fabio Mastrangelo, starring Nino Machaidze, Artur Rucinski, Ketevan Kemoklidze, Stefano Secco, Cristina Melis, Deyan Vatchkov, Jean-françois Borras, Giorgio Giuseppini, Manrico Signorini, Paolo A...
La Nonne sanglante (2018)
La Nonne sanglante by C.Gounod, from Opéra Comique, 2018. Directed by David Bobée, conductor Laurence Equilbey, starring Michael Spyres, Jodie Devos, Enguerrand De Hys, Vannina Santoni, Marion Lebègue, Jérôme Boutillier, Jean Teitgen, Luc Bertin-Hugault, Olivia Doray, Pierre-Antoine Chaumien, Jul...