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Hector Berlioz Hector Berlioz
1803 - 1869 FR 2*
Born: 11/12/1803, La Côte-Saint-André FR
Died: 8/03/1869, Paris FR
Berlioz's attempts to carve out an operatic career for himself were thwarted by an unimaginative musical establishment. Nevertheless, he managed to produce Benvenuto Cellini, Béatrice et Bénédict and his masterpiece, the epic Les Troyens, the only French opera of its era of sufficient magnitude to challenge the music dramas of Wagner. Berlioz's dramatic legend, La damnation de Faust, has also been staged as an opera in recent years.
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