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Georges Bizet

Born in Paris, France, in 1838, Georges Bizet was a pianist, composer of operas and is best known for Carmen, among the most famous of operas. Georges' musical education was initially taken care of by his mother, a talented pianist, who started teaching him at the tender age of four. He was admitted to the Paris Conservatory before he was quite ten. He was a brilliant piano student, but was more interested in composition and began to write operas at the age of 16. At 19 he won the conservatory's big prize, the Prix de Rome, which provided financial support for him to study for a few years at the French Academy in Rome.

Video and Audio

Bizet's The Pearl Fishers

Washington National Opera presents Bizet's The Pearl Fishers

Bizet's Carmen

Washington National Opera presents Bizet's Carmen

Understanding the Music: Bizet - Excerpts from Carmen

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