French-born pianist and composer Georges Bizet was active from the 1850s until his death in 1875. He received his musical education in Paris, and is considered to be one of the great Romantic composers to have ever lived. He composed a number of symphonies and operas that gained great artistic acclaim and are still performed to this day. His most famous work since his death remains to be Carmen - a revelatory opera comique about a roguish gypsy girl. His treatment of the subject matter mixed traditionally separate elements in the operatic sphere, additionally advancing the verismo movement, championing realism in dramatic representation.