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Music by Georges Bizet ; Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, after Prosper Mérimée
The first words uttered by Carmen mark one of the greatest entrances in the history of opera and express all that need be said: “Love is a rebellious bird that no one can tame…” With a devilish sway of the hips and a hint of Andalusian flair, the beautiful cigar-maker sets her sights on a soldier: Don José. Fate will do the rest. Though immediately regarded as a masterpiece throughout Europe, it took time for Carmen to win acceptance in Paris where it received a lukewarm reception at its premiere in 1875. Composed to a libretto by Meilhac and Halévy based on Prosper Mérimée’s novella, the opera exploded the boundaries between tragedy and comedy with a modernity that caused a scandal at the time. Can we kill the one we love with love? The fiery beauty of Bizet’s music, where one unforgettable aria follows another, has worked year in, year out to make it the world’s most performed opera.
Roberto Alagna (Don José); Elina Garanca (Carmen); Maria Agresta (Micaëla) ; Ildar Abdrazakov (Escamillo) ; Paris Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Staging : Calixto Bieito ; Conductor : Mark Elder
Production compagny : Camera Lucida
Coproduction compagny : Opéra national de Paris, France Télévisions
Running Time : 1x155'
Production Year : 2017
Distribution compagny : Telmondis Distribution
Video Format : HD