Matador Ornament

Price: $15.95 Members: $12.76

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Description

Matador Ornament

Exclusive to the Met Opera Shop this charming fabric ornament is handmade in the image of Escamillo, the glamorous matador featured in the Met’s much-loved production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen.

It is costumed in the traditional matador’s outfit, cape and hat. Finished with hand-embroidered gold trim.

Measures 6” high and hangs from a gold string.

  • A Met Opera Shop Exclusive
  • Red, pink, black & gold
  • Fabric
  • Gold accents
  • Ornament: 6” H
  • Hangs from gold string
  • Handmade & hand-embroidered


 

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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