Carmen, Opera by G. Bizet
Opera in four acts by Georges Bizet, with libretto in French by Ludovic Halévy and Henri Meilhac, based on the short novel Carmen (1845) by Prosper Mérimée.
Carmen was premiered in the Opéra Comique in Paris on 3 March 1875, though at first it was roundly criticised. Sadly, Bizet died three months after due to a heart attack, never knowing the success achieved by what is now considered to be his greatest masterpiece and which began in October 1875, after its premiere in Vienna. Since then, it has become one of the most widely performed operas in the history of lyrical opera, as well as being the most well-known and widely performed French opera world wide.
With this opera, Bizet transformed the genre of the comic opera and anticipated verism. It is notable for the balance between the libretto and the music, for the fantastic orchestration and for such well-known choruses, arias and melodies as Habanera or Toreador Song. Bizet’s awe-inspiringly powerful opera invites audiences to feel immersed in Don José’s fascination with Carmen.
The action takes place in Seville, around 1820, involving the gypsy Carmen, the corporal Don José and the bullfighter Escamillo. Passion, sensuality, strong temperaments, jealousy, tragedy… a fusion of emotions which will move every spectator.