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At the Opera - 12/8/12 - Bizet: Carmen


Carmen is an opera in four acts by the French composer Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée. The opera was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, on March 3, 1875, and was not at first particularly successful; its initial run extended to 36 performances. Before this run was concluded, Bizet died suddenly, and thus knew nothing of the opera's later celebrity.

The opera, written in the genre of opéra comique with musical numbers separated by dialogue, tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naive soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen's love to the glamorous toreador Escamillo after which José kills her in a jealous rage. The depictions of proletarian life, immorality and lawlessness, and the tragic outcome in which the main character dies on stage, broke new ground in French opera and were highly controversial. This 1988 recording stars Jessye Norman, Neil Shicoff, Mirella Freni and Simon Estes. Seiji Ozawa conducts.

 
Saturday, December 08, 2012

Play List

8:00p
8:00p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
8:08p
Georges Bizet: Carmen - National Orchestra of France; Seiji Ozawa, conductor; Jessye Norman / Neil Shicoff / Mirella Freni; Label: Philips; Number: 4223662 FindBUY FindBUY
11:00p
11:19p
Giuseppe Verdi: Vanne! La Tua Gia Vedo... Credo In Un Dio (Iago) Otello Verdi; Boito - New Symphony Orchestra of London; Edward Downes, conductor; Robert Merrill; Label: Decca; Number: 4753962 FindBUY FindBUY
11:24p
Giuseppe Verdi: Alzati: La Tuo Figlio... Eri Tu (Renato) Un Ballo In Maschera Verdi: Somma - New Symphony Orchestra of London; Edward Downes, conductor; Robert Merrill; Label: Decca; Number: 4753962 FindBUY FindBUY
11:30p
Giuseppe Verdi: Il Balen Del Suo Sorriso (Conte) Il Travote Verdi; Cammarano - New Symphony Orchestra of London; Edward Downes, conductor; Robert Merrill; Label: Decca; Number: 4753962 FindBUY FindBUY
11:33p
Giuseppe Verdi: Morir! Temenda Cosa!... Uma Fatale Del Mio Destino (Carlo) La Forza Del Destino Verdi; Piave - New Symphony Orchestra of London; Edward Downes, conductor; Robert Merrill; Label: Decca; Number: 4753962 FindBUY FindBUY
11:40p
Giacomo Puccini: Mi Chiamano Mimi - La Boheme - Nellie Melba ; Landon Ronald - Piano, conductor; Nellie Melba; Label: EMI Classics; Number: 724358582628 FindBUY FindBUY
11:43p
Giacomo Puccini: O Soave Fanciulla - La Boheme with Enrico Caruso - n/a; n/a, conductor; Nellie Melba; Label: EMI Classics; Number: 724358582628 FindBUY FindBUY
11:47p
Ernesto de Curtis: Torna A Surriento - Luciano Pavarotti - Orchestra of Rome Opera and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Zubin Mehta, conductor; Luciano Pavarotti; Label: Decca; Number: 4304332 FindBUY FindBUY
11:49p
Pablo Sorozabal: No Puede Ser - Orchestra of Rome Opera and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Zubin Mehta, conductor; Placido Domingo; Label: Decca; Number: 4304332 FindBUY FindBUY
11:52p
Giacomo Puccini: Nessun Dorma - Orchestra of Rome Opera and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Zubin Mehta, conductor; Luciano Pavarotti; Label: Decca; Number: 4304332 FindBUY FindBUY
11:57p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY

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