October 25th marks the 180th birthday of French composer Georges Bizet. Due to the particular tastes of the opera theatres during the Romantic Era, most of Bizet's compositions were dismissed and ignored. Most of Bizet's works did not reach critical acclaim, save for one opera that was only widely recognized after his death.
Bizet's work Carmen reached international success within ten years of it's premiere performance in 1875. It has become one of the most frequently performed operas. Several versions of Carmen can be found in the MPAL collection on LP, CD and DVD.
Please see the links in the left and right columns for more information about Georges Bizet and his works at he Music and Performing Arts Library. (Note: Some resources are in French).