Carmen (Opera Explained CD)

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Carmen (Opera Explained CD)
by Thomson Smillie (Author), David Timson (Narrator)
Series: Opera Explained
Label: Naxos

An introduction to Bizet`s opera, which is suitable for music-lovers as well as the most intellectual listener.

Track Listings

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

History

Carmen

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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