Massenet, Jules (b. 1842), a French composer, was born near St, Etienne, and studied Under Ambrose Thomas at the Conservatoire of Paris. In 1863 he won the Prix de Rome, and soon established his fame as a successful composer. Among his best known works are the operas Bon Cesar de Bazan, Manon Lescaut, Roi de Lahore, and the oratorios Marie Madeleine and Eve.
Massenet was appointed professor of composition at the Academy in 1878.