Marriage to Geneviève Halévy
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Bizet: 10 facts about the great composer
6. Marriage to Geneviève Halévy
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.