|Detail of Bullfight, Suerte de Varas (1824) by Francisco Goya|
Georges Bizet's opera, Carmen, premiered on March 3, 1875.
In operatic history, it is one of the most influential works, bringing into vogue an interest in realism as a viable subject matter for the stage. The music became a staple of the repertoire, breaking the Italian and German dominance of the genre. Sadly, it was Bizet's last opera, but it certainly was a masterful way in which to punctuate the life of a composer.
So, let's celebrate this classic work. And what of the Goya paintings? Well, the opera is about beauty, passion, and death in 1820s Spain. I figured the Goya's would make a nice visual accompaniment. ;-)
|Detail of Young Woman with a Letter (1819) by Francisco Goya|
Let's listen to some music.
"Habanera" performed by Angela Gheorghiu
"Toreador Song" performed by Ruggero Raimondi
"March of the Toreador and Chorus (Act IV)"