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Saturday, July 27, 2019 Permalink

At The Opera, Bizet: Carmen (RCA 1964) July 27, 2019

  

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 by the Opéra-Comique in Paris on Marc 3,h 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 torero 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 popularity at home and abroad. Later commentators have asserted that Carmen forms the bridge between the tradition of opéra comique and the realism or verismo that characterised late 19th-century Italian opera.

Cast:

Carmen - Leontyne Price

Don Jose - Franco Corelli

Escamillo - Robert Merrill

Micaela - Mirella Freni

Vienna Philharmonic

Herbert von Karajan - conductor

RCA 1964

Playlist

8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:12 p.m.
Georges Bizet: Carmen (RCA 1964) BUY Vienna Philharmonic Herbert von Karajan
11:00 p.m.
11:28 p.m.
Dvorak: Rusalka: Act One: Mesicku na nebi hlubokem (Rusalka) - A. Dvorak BUY from Dvorák - Rusalka / · Czech Phil · Sir Charles Mackerras; composed by Dvorak
11:38 p.m.
Mascagni / Verdi Don Carlo: Recital CD 2018 BUY from Anita; composed by Mascagni / Verdi Don Carlo
11:45 p.m.
Puccini: Turandot, opera: Act 1: Signore, Ascolta! BUY from Aria 2: Passion for Opera; composed by Puccini
EMI Classics CDM724356559721
11:48 p.m.
Puccini: Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 1: Donna non vidi mai BUY from Aria 2: Passion for Opera; composed by Puccini
EMI Classics CDM724356559721
11:50 p.m.
Ponchielli: La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Act 2: Cielo e Mar BUY from Aria 2: Passion for Opera; composed by Ponchielli
EMI Classics CDM724356559721
11:54 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
11:57 p.m.
Puccini: Le villi, opera: La Tregenda BUY from Opera Intermezzi and Preludes; composed by Puccini
Naxos 8550240


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