Massenet, Jules (opera) (Emile Frédéric )
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(b Montaud, St Etienne, May 12, 1842; d Paris, Aug 13, 1912). French composer , the leading figure in French opera of the late 19th century and composer of two works that remain central to the repertory.
Massenet was born of solid bourgeois stock, the 12th and last child of a master-founder by his second marriage. His mother was musical; after her husband’s business failed and the family moved to Paris when the composer was six, she provided valuable financial support by giving piano lessons. Her son was one of her pupils, and gained admission to the piano class at the Paris Conservatoire on his second attempt in ...