Gounod studied music under his mother at the Paris Conservatoire. After winning the Prix de Rome in 1839, Gounod spent some time doing research in Italy before returning to Paris where he became a church organist. He produced his first opera, Sapho, in 1851, but his reputation as a composer of opera was not firmly established until his production of Faust, in 1859. Gounod spent five years in London and formed the Royal Choral Society. Other important works include Mireille (1864) and Romeo et Juliet (1867).
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