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Charles-François Gounod
(1818 - 1893)

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1818 Born 18 June, in Paris, the son of a painter
1836 Enters Paris Conservatory
1839 Travels to Italy after winning the Prix de Rome
1842 Becomes church organist
1846 Studies for the priesthood, but later gives up idea
1851 Writes first opera, Sapho
1852 Marries Anna Zimmerman. Appointed conductor of the Paris Orphéon choral society
1859 Premiere of the first version of Faust not a great success
1869 Triumphant production of a new version of Faust
1870 At outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war, flees to London with family
1871 Becomes first conductor of Royal Choral Society
1874 Returns to France; composes mainly religious music from now on
1883 Faust inaugurates New York Metropolitan Opera House
1893 Dies 18 October, while working on Requiem Mass
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