Massenet, Jules

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Massenet, Jules Gender: M
Jules Émile Frédéric Massenet
born on 12 May 1842 at 01:00 (= 01:00 AM )
Place Montaud, France, 45n27, 4e23
Timezone LMT m4e23 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 20°51' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 10°00 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 14°21'

Jules Massenet


French composer, famed for his lyrical and melancholy operatic arias that pleased the public of his time. In 1863, he won the Rome prize for his cantata, "David Rizzio." His other works include "Manon," 1884 and "Sapho," 1897. As a prodigy, he entered the Paris Conservatory at age 11.

A Massenet Revival supported by Richard Bonynge and Joan Sutherland did not enjoy the same critical acclaim of Massenet's time. Modern critics complained that his music was too "sweet." California-born soprano Sibyl Sanderson became his inspiration for several operas he wrote for her and they collaborated in other works. She was his "favorite" as much for her beauty as for her ravishing voice. He would not allow his works to be performed by another soprano while Sanderson was still able to perform. Massenet was known for his use of diplomacy and ability to flatter. However, his "Hérodiade," the biblical story of Salome, won Massenet and his librettist Paul Milliet secondary excommunication.

One of the first individuals to enjoy an unlisted telephone number, a popular story emerged as a result of a conversation with his librettist Jules Claretie. They were deciding how the heroine should die and another caller whose wires managed to cross happened to overhear the key portions of the conversation and threatened to call the police.

Massenet died on 13 August 1912, Paris, France

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • (has as) student relationship with Bloch, André (born 14 January 1873)
  • (has as) student relationship with Decaux, Abel (born 11 February 1869)


  • Social : Begin a program of study 1854 (Entered the Paris Conservatory)
  • Work : Prize 1863 (Rome prize)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1884 (His composition "Manon" was released)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1897 ("Sapho" released)

Source Notes

Birth certificate in Didier Geslain archive, 'm' pdf file, p. 100.

Same in Gauquelin Vol 4/2118, and Sabian Symbols No.659.


  • Traits : Mind : Child prodigy (Music)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Secondary excommunication caused by his music)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger (Composer, opera)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Rome Prize)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection