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The French Romantic composer Georges Bizet is best known for the world’s favourite opera 'Carmen', and 'The Pearl Fishers', but he achieved little success during his lifetime.
In June 1869, Bizet married Geneviève Halévy, the nervously unstable daughter of the composer Fromental Halévy. Her family initially opposed the match, considering him an unsuitable catch: ‘penniless, left-wing, anti-religious and Bohemian’. The marriage was intermittently happy and produced a son, Jacques.
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