Bizet, Georges

From Astro-Databank
Jump to: navigation, search
Bizet, Georges Gender: M
Alexandre César Léopold Bizet
born on 25 October 1838 at 22:00 (= 10:00 PM )
Place Paris, France, 48n52, 2e20
Timezone LMT m2e20 (is local mean time)
Data source
Dirty data, conflicting times
Rodden Rating DD
Collector: Penfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 02°04' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 26°16 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 27°24'

Georges Bizet


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.

After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71, during which Bizet served in the National Guard, he had little success with his one-act opera Djamileh, though an orchestral suite derived from his incidental music to Alphonse Daudet's play L'Arlésienne was instantly popular.[citation needed] The production of Bizet's final opera, Carmen, was delayed because of fears that its themes of betrayal and murder would offend audiences. After its premiere on 3 March 1875, Bizet was convinced that the work was a failure; he died of a heart attack three months later on 3 June 1875, unaware that it would prove a spectacular and enduring success.

Bizet's marriage to Geneviève Halévy was intermittently happy and produced one son. After his death, his work, apart from Carmen, was generally neglected. Manuscripts were given away or lost, and published versions of his works were frequently revised and adapted by other hands. He founded no school and had no obvious disciples or successors. After years of neglect, his works began to be performed more frequently in the 20th century. Later commentators have acclaimed him as a composer of brilliance and originality whose premature death was a significant loss to French musical theatre.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 30 September 1863 (The Pearl Fishers)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 26 December 1867 ("La jolie fille de Perth"(The Fair Maid of Perth))
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Relationship : Marriage 3 June 1869 (with Geneviève Halévy)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 22 May 1872 (Djamileh)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1 October 1872 (L'Arlésienne (incidental music))
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 3 March 1875 (Carmen, opera (his last))
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Death by Heart Attack 3 June 1875 at 04:00 AM ("early hours")
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Lepoivre quotes 5:00 am from non accessible source. Penfield gives 'speculative' 22h, quoted by Taeger. Bordoni database has also 22h.

Starkman rectified to 21.37.24 LMT Asc 23Can06'.


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger