New PDF release: Carmen (The Opera Journeys Mini Guide Series)

By Burton D. Fisher, Georges Bizet

An entire advisor to Bizet's Carmen which include the relevant Characters within the Opera, the tale Synopsis, a narrative Narrative with one-bar song spotlight examples, and an essay delivering historical past in regards to the opera and its composer, research, and insightful and pleasing statement.

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Carmen, fearless and stoical, is resigned to her fate and destiny. Their differences are irreconcilable because Carmen is Carmen, and Carmen will never yield: she must be free and independent: free to love whom she wants. José has lost his soul, lost his senses, and has become tormented and destroyed by his passions of jealousy, betrayal, and rejection. The drama ends with Carmen’s murder. José can only be redeemed through Carmen’s death. Violence and irrationality have erupted as sinister and fatal passions.

Today, 125 years later after the opera’s premiere, Bizet’s saucy señorita, the brazen temptress Carmen, has become, as Tchaikovsky predicted at the premiere, one the world’s most enormously popular operas. Bizet’s singular, phenomenal success – his operatic tour-de-force brought to French opera not only a magnificent colorful and exotic atmosphere, but a music score saturated with hit tunes that have become the tops in the operatic song charts: the Habanera and the Toreador Song among the many.

Violence and irrationality have erupted as sinister and fatal passions. The opera concludes with Bizet’s Death theme thunderously exploding from the orchestra. In verismé, death is the final consummation of desire.

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