This story is based on actual facts.
1874 : Bizet is a second-rate composer, he tires himself out, giving lessons and accomplishing menial tasks for famous composers, merely in order to survive.
His friend Halévy, a librettist, obtains a commission for him. It will be CARMEN, for the Comic Opera.
Bizet composes the score in eight months. He does not realise he wrote a masterpiece.
The opening night, on the 3rd of March in 1875, causes a scandal, the critics are terrible.
Bizet is devastated and hides himself in a small country house in Bougival. Three months later, on the 3rd of June, he has a bath in the Seine. The water is too cold. He dies during the night from a throat abscess.
Mario Bois made all his career in Paris as a music publisher, especially in the field of ballet. In parallel, he wrote sixteen books and received prizes for some of them. He created numerous TV and radio programs, wrote for ballets, published articles, gave lectures, translated texts of music works and he ran three record collections (La Grande Musique Espagnole/Classical Spanish Music, Histoire de la Sevillana/The History of Sevillana, Grandes figures du flamenco/The great figures of flamenco). He was made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. He also was the chairman of the International Council for Dance with UNESCO from 1994 to 1997.
Precise and detailled description of the second half of the 19th, when the opera played an important part of the Parisian social life
Account of how Bizet conceived Carmen and how the first desastruous representations led to his death
Mario Bois, a major figure of music, keeps on producing worldwide
Il a fait à Paris toute sa carrière d'éditeur de musique, publiant en particulier un grand nombre de ballets.Parallèlement, il écrit seize livres dont certains sont primés à Paris.Auteur d'un bon nombre d'émissions de télévision, de radio, d'arguments de ballet, articles, conférences, traductions de textes d'uvres musicales, il dirige trois collections discographiques (« La grande musique espagnole », « Histoire de la sevillana », « Grandes figures du flamenco »).Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, il fut président du Conseil international de la danse auprès de l'Unesco de 1994 à 1997.