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.
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.
3 hours & 25 minutes
Georges Bizet (1838-1875)