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Georges Bizet


Henri Meilhac, and Ludovic Halévy


3 March 1875, Paris (Opéra Comique)




Carmen Synopsis


Carmen Libretto



About the opera Carmen

Carmen is a French opéra comique by Georges Bizet. The libretto is by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on the novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée, first published in 1845, itself possibly influenced by the narrative poem The Gypsies (1824) by Alexander Pushkin. Mérimée had read the poem in Russian by 1840 and translated it into French in 1852.
The opera premiered at the Opéra-Comique of Paris on 3 March 1875, but its opening run was denounced by the majority of critics. It was almost withdrawn after its fourth or fifth performance, and although this was avoided, ultimately having 48 performances in its first run, it did little to bolster sagging receipts at the Opéra-Comique. Near the end of this run, the theatre was giving tickets away in order to stimulate attendance. Bizet died of a heart attack, aged 36, on 3 June 1875, never knowing how popular Carmen would become. In October 1875 it was produced in Vienna, to critical and popular success, which began its path to worldwide popularity. It was not staged again at the Opéra Comique until 1883.
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Roles in Carmen

Carmen Mezzo-Soprano
Don José Tenor
Escamillo Bass-Baritone
Micaëla Soprano
Zuniga Bass
Moralès Baritone
Frasquita Soprano
Mercédès Mezzo-Soprano

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All scenes from Carmen

Arias from Carmen
Duets from Carmen

Nr.Title sceneOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
2Sur la placeCarmenBizet1.02aria,choirbaritoneFrenchMoralès/Soldiers
3Regardez donc cette petiteCarmenBizet1.03duet,choirBr SFrenchMoralès/Micaëla/Soldiers
4Avec la garde montanteCarmenBizet1.04choirFrenchStreet Boys
5La cloche a sonneeCarmenBizet1.05choirFrenchCigarette Factory Girls
6La voila! La voila!CarmenBizet1.06aria,choirmezzoFrenchCarmen/Soldiers/Cigarette Factory Girls
7L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)CarmenBizet1.07ariamezzoFrenchCarmen
8Carmen! sur tes pas nous nous pressons tousCarmenBizet1.08duet,choirT SFrenchJosé/Micaëla/Young Men
9Parle-moi de ma mereCarmenBizet1.09duetT SFrenchJosé/Micaëla
10Au secours! n'entendez - vous pasCarmenBizet1.10aria,choirbassFrenchZuniga/Cigarette Factory Girls
11Tra la la la, coupe - moiCarmenBizet1.11duet,choirMz BFrenchCarmen/Zuniga/Women
12Pres des remparts de SevilleCarmenBizet1.12ariamezzoFrenchCarmen/José
13Voici l'ordre, partezCarmenBizet1.13recitative,finaleB MzFrenchZuniga/Carmen
14Entr'acte 1CarmenBizet2.01instrumentaln/aFrenchn/a
15Les tringles des sistres tintaient (Gypsy Song)CarmenBizet2.02ariamezzoFrenchCarmen/Frasquita/Mercédès
16Vivat! vivat le ToreroCarmenBizet2.03aria,choirbassFrenchZuniga/Chorus
17Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre (Toreador Song)CarmenBizet2.04ariabass-baritoneFrenchEscamillo/Chorus
18Nous avons en tete une affaireCarmenBizet2.05quintetBr Mz S T MzFrenchDancaïre/Mercédès/Frasquita/Remendado/Carmen
19Haite - la ! qui va laCarmenBizet2.06ariatenorFrenchJosé
20Je vais danser en votre honneurCarmenBizet2.07duetMz TFrenchCarmen/José
21Attends un peu, CarmenCarmenBizet2.08T MzFrenchJosé/Carmen
22La fleur que tu m'avais jeteeCarmenBizet2.09ariatenorFrenchJosé/Carmen
23Hola! Carmen!CarmenBizet2.10B T MzFrenchZuniga/José/Carmen
24Bel oficier, bel oficierCarmenBizet2.11quartetMz Br T BFrenchCarmen/Dancaïre/Remendado/Zuniga
25Entr'acte 2CarmenBizet3.01instrumentaln/aFrenchn/a
26Ecoute, ecoute, compagnonCarmenBizet3.02sextet,chorusMz T Br T S MzFrenchCarmen/José/Dancaïre/Remendado/Frasquita/Mercédès/Smugglers
27Melons! coupons!CarmenBizet3.03trioS Mz MzFrenchFrasquita/Mercédès/Carmen
28Quant au douanier, c'est notre affaire!CarmenBizet3.04ensemble,chorusFrench
29Je dis que rien m'epouvanteCarmenBizet3.05ariasopranoFrenchMicaëla
30Je suis EscamilloCarmenBizet3.06duetB-Br TFrenchEscamillo/José
31Hola! hola! Jose!CarmenBizet3.07quartetMz B-Br Br TFrenchCarmen/Escamillo/Dancaïre/Remendado
32Moi je viens te chercher!CarmenBizet3.08S Mz TFrenchMicaëla/Carmen/José
33Entr'acte 3CarmenBizet3.10instrumentaln/aFrenchn/a
34A deux cuartosCarmenBizet3.11choirFrenchStreet Sellers
35Les voici! les voici!CarmenBizet3.12FrenchChildren/Sellers
36Si tu m'aimes, CarmenCarmenBizet3.13duet,choirB-Br MzFrenchEscamillo/Carmen/Sellers
37C'est toi C'est moiCarmenBizet3.14duet,choirMz TFrenchCarmen/José/People
38Ou vas - tu Laisse - moiCarmenBizet3.15duet,choirT MzFrenchJosé/Carmen/People
39En vain, pour éviterCarmenBizetariamezzoFrench