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Saturday, January 21, 2017 Permalink

At The Opera, Bizet: Carmen, January 21, 2017

  

Carmen is an opera in four acts by 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, where its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalized its first audiences. Bizet died suddenly after the 33rd performance, unaware that the work would achieve international acclaim within the following ten years. Carmen has since become one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the classical canon; the "Habanera" from act 1 and the "Toreador Song" from act 2 are among the best known of all operatic arias.

The opera is written in the genre of opéra comique with musical numbers separated by dialogue. It is set in southern Spain and 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.

Cast:

Carmen – Maria Callas

Don Jose – Nicolai Gedda

EMI – 1964

Geroges Pretre – conductor

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:10pm
Bizet: Carmen BUY ; Georges Pretre, conductor
11:00pm
11:06pm
Roberta Peters: Roberta Peters Tribute Arias from Tribute to Roberta Peters Died Jan. 18 2017
11:31pm
Wagner: Die Walkure: Du Bist Der Lenz BUY from Helen Traubel; composed by Wagner
11:33pm
Wagner: Die Walkure: Fort Denn Eile BUY from Helen Traubel; composed by Wagner
11:36pm
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov Excerpts BUY Columbia Symphony; Thomas Schippers, conductor George London
11:53pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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