France, Paris, Carmen by Georges Bizet, scene 4 from Rose Album © DEA PICTURE LIBRARY
France, Paris, Carmen by Georges Bizet, scene 4 from Rose Album © DEA PICTURE LIBRARY

[PLAYLIST] 141st anniversary of the death of Georges Bizet

141 years ago, Bizet passed away at his Bougival home and Carmen was premiered at the Opéra-Comique. What better reason to bring you a playlist of some of this virtuoso composer's works.

Georges Bizet was a musician of genius and remains one of the key composers in the repertoire of French music. Today we commemorate his death, 141 years ago, in his house in Bougival. That same year, his masterpiece, Carmen, premiered at the Opéra-Comique. Throughout his short life, Bizet suffered from a lack of recognition on the part of the public. However we can safely say that, a few decades later, Carmen had made him a monument of classical music.

You'll find bellow a sample playlist of Bizet's pieces, from the all-time favourites like the songs taken from Carmen to a lesser-known but still grandiose pieces like   Les pêcheurs de Perle or La Jolie Fille de Perth.

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