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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bizet ♫ Carmen

Bizet Carmen
Paris-Bastille Opera
Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin
Béatrice Uria-Monzon, Sergei Larin
Carmen is an opera in four acts by 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 3 March 1875 and was not well received, largely due to its breaking of convention and controversial main characters, which shocked and scandalized its first audiences.

Bizet died suddenly after the 33rd performance, and therefore was unaware of its outstanding success in Vienna later that year, or that it would win enduring international acclaim within the next ten years. 

Carmen has since become one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the classical canon; the "Habanera" from act 1 and the "Toreador Song" from act 2 are among the best known of all operatic arias.

RIP Sergei Larin * You were a great tenor

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