12 May 1842, Montaud–Saint-Étienne – 13 August 1912, Paris
Jules Massenet was a French composer of the Romantic era best known for his operas, of which he wrote more than thirty. He also composed oratorios, ballets, orchestral works, incidental music, piano pieces, songs and other music.
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, (1863), and he began writing operas in 1867.
Piano Concerto in E flat major Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Conductor: Sylvain Cambreling, Piano: Aldo Ciccolini
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),
Manon Act 2 – Wiener Staatsoper, Conductor Bertrand de Billy, Stage Director Andrei Serban, Anna Netrebko & Roberto Alagna, 2007
Le Cid (1885), Esclarmonde (1889), Werther (1892), Thais (1894), and Don Quichotte (1910).
Thais Meditation Classic FM M-Tel Radio Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Luciano Di Martino