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François Bazin (1816-1878)

François Emmanuel Joseph Bazin (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.



Bazin was a student of Daniel Auber at the Conservatoire de Paris. After completing his schooling there, Bazin later taught harmony at the Conservatoire.

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 ), 1846
  • Le malheur d'être jolie (Desnoyers), 1847
  • La nuit de la Saint-Sylvestre (Mélesville et M. Masson), 1849
  • Madelon (Sauvage), 1852
  • Maître Pathelin (de Leuven et Langlé), 1856
  • Les désespérés (de Leuven et Langlé), 1858
  • Marianne (Challamel) (n.p. 1861-2)
  • Le Voyage en Chine (Labiche et Delacour), 1865
  • L'Ours et le pacha (Scribe et Saintine, avec J.X. Boniface), 1871


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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