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Music Text

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


Major roles: lyrS,M,T,Bar; minor roles: 2M,T,hBar,Bar,B,2speakers;
children's chorus; chorus

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World Premiere
Opera-Comique, Paris
Company: Opera-Comique


DON JOSÉ, a corporal of dragoons Tenor
ESCAMILLO, a matador Baritone
EL DANCAIRO, a smuggler Tenor
EL REMENDADO, a smuggler Tenor
ZUNIGA, a captain Bass
MORALÈS, an officer Baritone
MICAELA, a peasant girl Soprano
FRASQUITA, a gipsy Soprano
MERCÉDÈS, a gipsy Soprano
CARMEN, a cigarette girl Mezzo-Soprano
Innkeeper, Guide, Officers, Dragoons, Boys, Cigarette Girls, Gipsies, Smugglers etc Chorus
Time and Place

Seville, Spain, c.1830


Dramatic, Romantic, Tragic


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