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28 October, 2012
(1838 - 1875)
||Born 25 October in Paris. Baptised Alexandre César Léopold, but universally known as Georges|
||Enters the Paris Conservatoire de Musique at age 9|
||Wins the Prix de Rome. Premiere of operetta Le Docteur Miracle|
||Premiere of opera La jolie fille de Perth, which was favourably received by press|
||Marries Geneviève Halévy, daughter of the composer Jacques Halévy|
||Joins the National Guard at the time of the Franco-Prussian War|
||Birth of son Jacques, who committed suicide at age 50 after a failed career|
||Awarded the Legion of Honour. Controversial premiere of opera Carmen. Dies 3 June, just before Carmen becomes a big success|