29. Carmen (Bizet)

Opéra-comique in 4 acts By Georges Bizet Libretto: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, after Prosper Mérimée’s novella Carmen (1845) First performed: Opéra-Comique, Paris, 3 March 1875 Reception: Disastrous.  Now the third most popular opera in the world. CARMEN, gypsyMezzo-sopranoCélestine Galli-MariéDON JOSÉ, brigadier (corporal of dragoons)TenorPaul LhérieESCAMILLO, toreadorBass-baritoneJacques BouhyMICAËLA, a village maidenSopranoMarguerite ChapuyLE DANCAÏRE, smugglerBaritonePierre-Armand PotelLE … Continue reading 29. Carmen (Bizet)

06. Djamileh (Georges Bizet) / La princesse jaune (Camille Saint-Saëns)

DJAMILEH Opéra-comique en 1 acte By Georges Bizet Bizet's fourth opera, set in Egypt Libretto : Louis Gallet, after Alfred de Musset’s poem Namouna (1832) First performed : Opéra-Comique (2e salle Favart), 22 May 1872 DJAMILEHMezzoAline Prelly (Baronne de Presles)HAROUNTenorAlphonse DuchesneSPLENDIANOBaritonePierre-Armand PotelA slave merchantSpokenM. JulienFriends of Haroun, slaves, musiciansChorus  SETTING: Haroun’s palace, in Cairo Synopsis, based on … Continue reading 06. Djamileh (Georges Bizet) / La princesse jaune (Camille Saint-Saëns)