I consider it a masterpiece in the fullest sense of the word: one of those rare compositions which seems to reflect most strongly in itself the musical tendencies of a whole generation.”



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1832 Le Docteur Miracle
1859 Don Procopio
1862 - 65 Ivan IV
1863 Les pêcheurs de perles
1867 La jolie fille de Perth
1871 - 72 Djamileh
1873 - 74 Carmen Bizet's manuscript

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Timeline of Bizet’s Life
1813 Georges Bizet born, Paris
1848 Accepted into the Paris Conservatiore of Music, where he influenced by Gounod
1856 Writes one-act operetta Le Docteur Miracle
1857 Le Docteur Miracle wins first prize in a competition organized by Jaques Offenbach;

Bizet wins the Prix de Rome, allowing him to spend three years in Italy


1859 Writes Don Procopio while living in Rome
1862 Work begins on Ivan IV, but the opera is not staged
1863 Writes Les pêcheurs de perles, which premieres at the Théâtre-Lyriques as commissioned by director Léon Carvalho
1867 Writes La jolie fille de Perth, which premieres at the Théâtre-Lyriques
1869 Marries Geneviève Halévy, daughter of composer Fromental Halévy
1870 Outbreak of Franco-Prussian war, closing all Paris theatres; Bizet joins National Guard
1871 Work begins on Djamileh
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