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English National Opera 2001, Jonathan Miller, dir

Bizet - Grundman

Carmen (1873-75)

Duration: 140 minutes
Opera in four acts in the reduced orchestral version by Clare Grundman

Text by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, after Prosper Mérimée's novel, with recitatives by Ernest Guiraud (F,E)

Scoring
Major roles: lyrS,M,T,Bar; minor roles: 2M,T,hBar,Bar,B,2speakers; children's chorus; chorus 1.1.1.1-1.2.1.0-perc(1):timp/tgl/tamb/SD/cast/cym-strings.
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.



World Premiere
3/3/1875
Opera-Comique, Paris
Company: Opera-Comique

Roles

DON JOSÉ, a corporal of dragoonsTenor
ESCAMILLO, a matadorBaritone
EL DANCAIRO, a smugglerTenor
EL REMENDADO, a smugglerTenor
ZUNIGA, a captainBass
MORALÈS, an officerBaritone
MICAELA, a peasant girlSoprano
FRASQUITA, a gipsySoprano
MERCÉDÈS, a gipsySoprano
CARMEN, a cigarette girlMezzo-Soprano
Innkeeper, Guide, Officers, Dragoons, Boys, Cigarette Girls, Gipsies, Smugglers etcChorus


Time and Place
Seville, Spain, c.1830


Moods
Dramatic, Romantic, Tragic


Subjects
Relationships, Society





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