Carmen

More info on Carmen

Composer:

Georges Bizet

Librettist:

Henri Meilhac, and Ludovic Halévy

Premiere:

3 March 1875, Paris (Opéra Comique)

Language:

French

Synopsis:

Carmen Synopsis

Libretto:

Carmen Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

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 It was almost withdrawn after its fourth or fifth performance, and although this was avoided, ultimately having 48 performances in its first run, it did little to bolster sagging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
1Overture

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.01

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: French

Roles:
2Sur la place

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.02

Type: aria,choirVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Moralès
3Regardez donc cette petite

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.03

Type: duet,choirVoice: Br SLanguage: French

Roles: Moralès/Micaëla
4Avec la garde montante

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.04

Type: choirVoice: Language: French

Roles:
5La cloche a sonnee

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.05

Type: choirVoice: Language: French

Roles:
6La voila! La voila!

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.06

Type: aria,choirVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen
7L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen
8Carmen! sur tes pas nous nous pressons tous

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.08

Type: duet,choirVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: José/Micaëla
9Parle-moi de ma mere

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.09

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: José/Micaëla
10Au secours! n'entendez - vous pas

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.10

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: French

Roles: Zuniga
11Tra la la la, coupe - moi

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.11

Type: duet,choirVoice: Mz BLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/Zuniga
12Pres des remparts de Seville

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/José
13Voici l'ordre, partez

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.13

Type: recitative,finaleVoice: B MzLanguage: French

Roles: Zuniga/Carmen
14Entr'acte 1

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.01

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: French

Roles:
15Les tringles des sistres tintaient (Gypsy Song)

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/Frasquita/Mercédès
16Vivat! vivat le Torero

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.03

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: French

Roles: Zuniga
17Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre (Toreador Song)

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Escamillo
18Nous avons en tete une affaire

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.05

Type: quintetVoice: Br Mz S T MzLanguage: French

Roles: Dancaïre/Mercédès/Frasquita/Remendado/Carmen
19Haite - la ! qui va la

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: José
20Je vais danser en votre honneur

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.07

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/José
21Attends un peu, Carmen

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.08

Type: Voice: T MzLanguage: French

Roles: José/Carmen
22La fleur que tu m'avais jetee

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: José/Carmen
23Hola! Carmen!

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.10

Type: Voice: B T MzLanguage: French

Roles: Zuniga/José/Carmen
24Bel oficier, bel oficier

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.11

Type: quartetVoice: Mz Br T BLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/Dancaïre/Remendado/Zuniga
25Entr'acte 2

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.01

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: French

Roles:
26Ecoute, ecoute, compagnon

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.02

Type: sextet,chorusVoice: Mz T Br T S MzLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/José/Dancaïre/Remendado/Frasquita/Mercédès
27Melons! coupons!

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.03

Type: trioVoice: S Mz MzLanguage: French

Roles: Frasquita/Mercédès/Carmen
28Quant au douanier, c'est notre affaire!

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.04

Type: ensemble,chorusVoice: Language: French

Roles:
29Je dis que rien m'epouvante

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Micaëla
30Je suis Escamillo

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.06

Type: duetVoice: B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Escamillo/José
31Hola! hola! Jose!

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.07

Type: quartetVoice: Mz B-Br Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/Escamillo/Dancaïre/Remendado
32Moi je viens te chercher!

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.08

Type: Voice: S Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Micaëla/Carmen/José
33Entr'acte 3

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.10

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: French

Roles:
34A deux cuartos

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.11

Type: choirVoice: Language: French

Roles:
35Les voici! les voici!

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.12

Type: Voice: Language: French

Roles:
36Si tu m'aimes, Carmen

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.13

Type: duet,choirVoice: B-Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: Escamillo/Carmen
37C'est toi C'est moi

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.14

Type: duet,choirVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/José
38Ou vas - tu Laisse - moi

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.15

Type: duet,choirVoice: T MzLanguage: French

Roles: José/Carmen
39En vain, pour éviter

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: