May 12, 1842, Montaud, now a part of Saint-Étienne – 13 August 1912
Jules Massenet was a French composer best known for his operas.
Massenet attended the Paris Conservatoire (1851). When his family left Paris in 1854, he ran away to continue his studies, playing piano and drums and teaching to support himself. His hard work paid off when he won the Prix de Rome_i(1863), and he began writing operas in 1867. His reputation was established with his oratorio _Marie-Magdeleine (1873), and his Le Roi de Lahore was performed at the Paris Opra in 1877. There followed the series of successes for which he is chiefly known, including Hrodiade (1881), Manon (1884), Le Cid (1885), Esclarmonde (1889), Werther (1892), Thas (1894), and Don Quichotte (1910).
Manon Act 2 – Wiener Staatsoper, Conductor Bertrand de Billy, Stage Director Andrei Serban, Anna Netrebko & Roberto Alagna, 2007