Jules Massenet was a French Romantic composer best known for his more than thirty operas. His most well-known works are the operas Werther and Manon. He also wrote oratorios, ballets, piano pieces and songs amongst others. He taught at the famous Paris Conservatoire as did most of the famous French composers. His music was considered traditional and unadventurous by the time of his death, however his reputation has made a big comeback since then. His operas are thought to be well-crafted, placing his amongst the greatest of composers of that genre.

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