29. Carmen – Georges Bizet

CARMEN 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. Dossier (characters, musical structure). Contemporary reviews. CHARACTERS Carmen, gypsy (mezzo-soprano) Don José, brigadier (tenor) Escamillo, toreador (bass-baritone) Micaëla, peasant … Continue reading 29. Carmen – Georges 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   STORY DJAMILEH, slave (mezzo-soprano) HAROUN, prince (tenor) SPLENDIANO, his secretary (tenor or baritone) SETTING: Cairo, Egypt Synopsis, based on Piotr Kaminski, Mille et un opéras, Fayard, Paris, … Continue reading 06. Djamileh (Georges Bizet) / La princesse jaune (Camille Saint-Saëns)