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Jules Emile Frederic Massenet

Jules Emile Frederic Massenet (Composer)

Born: 12th May 1842, Montaud

Died: 13th August 1912, Paris

Nationality: French

Jules Émile Frédéric Massenet was a French composer of the Romantic era best known for his operas, of which he wrote more than thirty. The two most frequently staged are Manon (1884) and Werther (1892). He also composed oratorios, ballets, orchestral works, incidental music, piano pieces, songs and other music.

While still a schoolboy, Massenet was admitted to France's principal music college, the Paris Conservatoire. There he studied under Ambroise Thomas, whom he greatly admired.

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Interview, ATMA Classique's complete Massenet songs project

The label's artistic director Michel Ferland talks to Katherine about one of the most ambitious recording-projects ever undertaken in Canada, featuring over 300 songs and a line-up of artists including Karina Gauvin, Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Julie Boulianne.

Recording of the Week, Massenet's Cendrillon from Glyndebourne

Danielle de Niese and Kate Lindsey bring real psychological depth to Cinderella and Prince Charming's relationship in Fiona Shaw's astute and sparkling production, with John Wilson supplying fairy-dust aplenty from the pit.

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