Donald Macleod follows the young Bizet to Rome after he won the Prix de Rome at the Paris Conservatoire in 1857.
Donald Macleod focuses on the life and work of Georges Bizet. In today's programme we follow the young Bizet to Rome after he won the big prize at the Paris Conservatoire. Once there, Bizet set about shrugging off the influence of his mentor, Charles Gounod, as well as the strict rules imposed by the Prix de Rome. Bizet's years in Italy were fruitful and we'll hear some of the many works he began there, as well as more from his most famous opera Carmen, with a twist.