Considered shocking for its realism when it premiered in 1875! This tale of a beautiful, seductive gypsy and the men she conquers boasts perhaps the most famous music in all of opera.
Carmen is a French opera by Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Meilhac and Halévy, based on the story of the same title by Prosper Mérimée.
The opera premiered at the Opéra Comique of Paris on March 3, 1875. For a year after its premiere, it was considered a failure, denounced by critics as "immoral" and "superficial".
The story is set in Seville, Spain, circa 1830, and ...Read More