Carmen (Opera Explained CD)
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Carmen (Opera Explained CD)
by Thomson Smillie (Author), David Timson (Narrator)
Series: Opera Explained
An introduction to Bizet`s opera, which is suitable for music-lovers as well as the most intellectual listener.
1 Carmen - the master work 00:02:26 Timson, David
2 The duet from The Pearl Fishers 00:01:59 Timson, David
3 Bizet's career showed early promise 00:02:28 Timson, David
4 The Prelude to Carmen 00:01:24 Timson, David
5 The 'fate' or 'destiny' theme 00:03:26 Timson, David
6 The voices of the four main protagonists - Micaëla 00:00:17 Timson, David
7 Carmen 00:00:18 Timson, David
8 Don José 00:00:19 Timson, David
9 Escamillo 00:00:52 Timson, David
10 The sun-baked square in Seville 00:04:02 Timson, David
11 Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle - the Habane 00:03:25 Timson, David
12 Duet - Micaëla and Carmen 00:05:42 Timson, David
13 Près des ramparts de Seville 00:02:44 Timson, David
14 Act II Lillas Pastia's tavern 00:04:40 Timson, David
15 Escamillo: Votre toast 00:01:09 Timson, David
16 Escamillo: Toreador's Song 00:02:18 Timson, David
17 The smugglers' quintet 00:02:50 Timson, David
18 Carmen sings for Don José 00:03:05 Timson, David
19 Don José: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée 00:02:07 Timson, David
20 Act III 00:03:27 Timson, David
21 Mercédès and Frasquita play cards 00:03:00 Timson, David
22 Micaëla: Ja dis que rien ne m'épouvante 00:02:36 Timson, David
23 Act IV 00:01:44 Timson, David
24 March of the Toreadors 00:01:18 Timson, David
25 Escamillo: Si tu m'aimes, Carmen 00:02:27 Timson, David
26 The fate motif 00:05:36 Timson, David
Georges Bizet’s Carmen, which takes place in and around Seville, Spain tells of the downfall of a soldier, Don José, seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy, Carmen. José abandons his sweetheart and his military duties for Carmen, yet loses her love to the glamorous matador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage.
Among the best-known of all operatic arias are Carmen’s “Habanera” from Act 1, sung by the title character and the toreador’s song, “Votre toast” in Act 2, performed by the matador Escamillo.
On January 9, 1884, Carmen was given its first Metropolitan Opera performance. Thereafter it was quickly incorporated into the Met's regular repertory. By the beginning of its 2018/2019 season the Met had performed Carmen well-over a thousand times.
Though the March 3rd,1875 world premiere at the Opéra Comique in Paris was a scandal, Carmen, soon became a triumphal success and has remained one of the most frequently staged operas in the world. Three months after its 33rd performance, Bizet died suddenly at the age of 37 never knowing how immensely popular Carmen would become.
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