Carmen

Opera

Writers: Georges Bizet Prosper Mérimée Ludovic Halevy Henri Meilhac

Context

As one of the most popular operas in the canon today, Bizet’s Carmen enjoyed over 3500 professional performances worldwide across the 2017-2018 season, and countless more amateur productions. It may be surprising, then, to know that it did not achieve this popularity at its first performance. Despite a packed audience at the Opera Comique on the evening of March 3, 1875, the opera was considered too passionate for the conservative French audience. Sadly, its composer never got to see the popularity that Carmen would go on to achieve, dying just three months after the premiere. The popularity

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