François Emmanuel Joseph Bazin ( pronounced [fʁɑ.swa ba.zɛ] ; 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. [ quote needed ]
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 # Francois Bazin .
At age 23, Bazin’s cantata Loyse of Monfort won the 1840 Prix de Rome . The trip to China , which premiered at the Opera-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 performed, including “I think of you” from Master Pathelin recorded by Roberto Alagna .
Bazin died at age 61 while working in Paris.
- The Trumpet of the Prince (Joubert and Melesville), 1846
- The misfortune of being pretty (Desnoyers), 1847
- The New Year’s Eve (Melesville and M. Masson), 1849
- Madelon (Wild), 1852
- Master Pathelin ( Leuven and Langle), 1856
- The desperate (from Leuven and Langle), 1858
- Marianne (Challamel) (unperformed)
- The Journey to China (Labiche and Delacour), 1865
- The bear and the pasha (Scribe and Saintine / JX Boniface), 1870
Sadie, Stanley (Ed.)  (1994). The New Grove Dictionary of Opera , vol. 1, AD, chpt: “Bazin, Francis (Emmanuel-Joseph)” by David Charlton, New York: MacMillan. ISBN 0-935859-92-6 .