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Carmen
Musical Selections from "Carmen"
Educator Guide (Spanish)

Carmen

Story & Setting:

The irresistible gypsy heroine of Prosper Mérimée's novella finds a sweeping and triumphant portrayal in Bizet's opera. The action of the opera takes us in and around Seville, from an army barracks, to a cigarette factory, to a smuggler's den, to the climactic final scene outside a bullfight.

Opera Notes:

Arguably the most recognizable operatic melodies can be found in the score of Carmen. The opera continues the French Romantic fascination with the "exotic," employing gypsy-inspired melodic and rhythmic schemes, luxurious vocal lines, and soaring drama. Initially a scandal at its premiere, Carmen remains one of the top staged operas in the world to this day.

Sung in

French

Length: 

3 hours & 25 minutes

Georges Bizet (1838-1875)

Watch/Listen


"L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" (Elina Garanca)
Met Opera (current production)

La fleur que tu m'avais jétée - Roberto Alagna
Met Opera (current production)