Georges Bizet (1838–75) was a French composer, mainly of opera, whose
final work, Carmen, became one of the most popular and frequently
performed in the opera repertory. As a young composer during the 1860s
he struggled for recognition; he began many theatrical projects, but
found that the main Parisian opera theatres preferred the established
classics to the works of newcomers. Two early operas—Les pêcheurs de
perles and La jolie fille de Perth—failed to achieve initial success
on the stage. The production of Carmen was delayed through fears that
its themes of betrayal and murder would offend audiences; after its
premiere in 1875, Bizet was convinced that the work was a failure. He
died of a heart attack three months later, aged 36, unaware that Carmen
would prove an enduring success. After his death Bizet's other work was
largely forgotten. Manuscripts were given away or lost, and published
versions were often the result of revision by other hands. As his operas
began to be performed more frequently in the 20th century, commentators
increasingly acclaimed Bizet as a brilliant and original composer, whose
premature death was a significant loss to French musical theatre.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
George III became King of Great Britain and Ireland.
The first performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1,
one of his most popular compositions, was given in Boston with Hans von
Bülow as soloist.
Irish playwright and politician Terence MacSwiney died after 74
days on hunger strike in Brixton Prison, bringing the Irish struggle for
independence to international attention.
USS Tang, the United States Navy submarine credited with
sinking more ships than any other American submarine, sank when it was
struck by its own torpedo.
The UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 2758, replacing the
Republic of China with the People's Republic of China as China's
representative at the United Nations.
The United States and Caribbean allies invaded Grenada, six
days after Bernard Coard seized power in a violent coup d'état.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Truly, doubtlessly, in truth.
2. Confidently, certainly.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Those who compare the age in which their lot has fallen with a
golden age which exists only in imagination, may talk of degeneracy and
decay; but no man who is correctly informed as to the past, will be
disposed to take a morose or desponding view of the present.
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