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Bizet's Carmen Suites

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Georges Bizet (French pronunciation: formally Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, (25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875) was a French composer, mainly of operas. In a career cut short by his early death, he achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen, became one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire opera repertory.

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Carmen Suites are based on the Carmen opera in four acts by the French composer Bizet. The libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée. The opera was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, on 3 March 1875, and was not at first particularly successful; its initial run extended to 36 performances. Before this run was concluded, Bizet died suddenly, and thus knew nothing of the opera's later celebrity.

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The Carmen Suites are two suites of orchestral music drawn from the music of Georges Bizet's 1875 opera Carmen. There are twelve musical parts; six in each suite.