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François Emmanuel Joseph Bazin (pronounced [fʁɑ̃.swa ba.zɛ̃]; 4 September 1816 in Marseille – 2 July 1878 in Paris) was a well-known French opera composer during the nineteenth century. His works are not widely performed today.[citation needed]

François Bazin
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François Bazin
Born(1816-11-04)4 November 1816
Marseille, France
Died2 July 1878(1878-07-02) (aged 61)



Bazin was a student of Daniel Auber at the Conservatoire de Paris. After completing his schooling there, Bazin later taught harmony at the Conservatoire. He was later succeeded by his own student Émile Durand. For his other pupils, See: List of music students by teacher: A to B#François Bazin.

At age 23, Bazin's cantata Loyse de Monfort won the 1840 Prix de Rome. Le voyage en Chine, which premiered at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, is his best-known composition, and continued to appear well into the 20th century. Although his many light operas were popular during his lifetime, they are rarely staged today. A handful of arias are still occasionally performed, including "Je pense à vous" from Maître Pathelin recorded by Roberto Alagna.

Bazin died at age 61 while working in Paris.



  • Le Trompette de Monsieur le Prince (Joubert and Melesville), 1846
  • Le malheur d'être jolie (Desnoyers), 1847
  • La nuit de la Saint-Sylvestre (Mélesville and M. Masson), 1849
  • Madelon (Sauvage), 1852
  • Maître Pathelin (de Leuven and Langlé), 1856
  • Les désespérés (de Leuven and Langlé), 1858
  • Marianne (Challamel) (unperformed)
  • Le Voyage en Chine (Labiche and Delacour), 1865
  • L'ours et le pacha (Scribe and Saintine/J. X. Boniface), 1870


Sadie, Stanley (Ed.) [1992] (1994). The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, vol. 1, A-D, chpt: "Bazin, François (Emmanuel-Joseph)" by David Charlton, New York: MacMillan. ISBN 0-935859-92-6.

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