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At The Opera, Bizet: Carmen, May 9, 2015

  

Carmen is an opera in four acts by the French composer Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée. The opera was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, on March 3, 1875, and at first was not particularly successful. Its initial run extended to 36 performances, before the conclusion of which Bizet died suddenly, and thus knew nothing of the opera's later celebrity.

The opera, written in the genre of opéra comique with musical numbers separated by dialogue, tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery Gypsy, Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen's love to the glamorous toreador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage. The depictions of proletarian life, immorality and lawlessness, and the tragic death of the main character on stage, broke new ground in French opera and were highly controversial. After the premiere, most reviews were critical, and the French public was generally indifferent. Carmen initially gained its reputation through a series of productions outside France, and was not revived in Paris until 1883; thereafter it rapidly acquired celebrity at home and abroad, and continues to be one of the most frequently performed operas. This 1973 recording stars Marilyn Horne and James McCracken. Leonard Bernstein conducts.

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:08pm
Bizet: Carmen BUY MET Opera; Bernstein, conductor
11:00pm
11:16pm
Verdi: Otello: Esultate! BUY from Lebendige Vergangenheit: Giacomo Lauri Volpi II; composed by Verdi
11:17pm
Verdi: Otello: Ora Per Sempre Addio BUY from Lebendige Vergangenheit: Giacomo Lauri Volpi II; composed by Verdi
11:19pm
Verdi: Otello: Si Pel Ciel Marmoreo Giuro BUY from Lebendige Vergangenheit: Giacomo Lauri Volpi II; composed by Verdi
11:24pm
Puccini: Turandot: Non Piangere, Liu! BUY from Lebendige Vergangenheit: Giacomo Lauri Volpi II; composed by Puccini
11:27pm
Giacomo Lauri Volpi: Turandot: Nessun Dorma BUY from Lebendige Vergangenheit: Giacomo Lauri Volpi II
11:30pm
Puccini: La Fanciulla Del West: Ch' Ella Mi Creda BUY from Lebendige Vergangenheit: Giacomo Lauri Volpi II; composed by Puccini
11:32pm
Verdi: Povero Rigoletto. Cortigiani, Vil Razza Dannata BUY from Prima Voce - Leonard Warren; composed by Verdi
11:40pm
Verdi: Ciel! Mio Padre...Riveradrai Le Forester Imbalsamate BUY from Prima Voce - Leonard Warren; composed by Verdi
11:48pm
Donizetti: Don Pasquale: Tornami A Dir - Tito Schipa/Amelita Galli-Curci BUY from Prima Voce: Tito Schipa; composed by Donizetti
11:51pm
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana: O Lola, C'Hai Di Latti La Cammisa (Siciliana) BUY from Prima Voce: Tito Schipa; composed by Mascagni
11:56pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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