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Opera - Carmen

Georges Bizet (1838-1875)

Carmen 155:19
Opéra comique in four acts
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy based on the novel by Prosper Mérimée
New Urtext Edition by Richard Langham Smith with English translation by David Parry, published by Peters Edition Ltd

1 Prelude 3:22

Act I
2 'In the plaza' 2:05
Soldiers, Moralès
3 'Just look at that delicious morsel!' 4:09
Moralès, Soldiers, Micaëla
4 'Here come our new soldier boys' 2:27
5 'José! There was a girl here looking for you just now' 0:17
Moralès, Don José
6 'Off with you old soldier boys' 1:16
7 'Corporal!' 'Sir!' 0:53
Zuniga, Don José
8 'We have heard the bell summon us to meet here' 1:34
Young Men
9 'Ah, just look!' 4:01
Soldiers, Cigarette Girls
10 'But why hasn't she come, our Carmencita?' 1:15
Soldiers, Young Men, Cigarette Girls, Carmen
11 'Love's a bird wild as any rebel' (Habanera) 4:31
Carmen, Cigarette Girls, Young Men, Soldiers
12 'Carmen! We will follow you high and low!' 1:34
Young Men, Carmen, Don José, Cigarette Girls
13 'The cheek of it!' 0:22
Don José, Micaëla
14 'Give me news of my mother!' 1:31
Don José, Micaëla
15 'Your dear mother and I were leaving church this morning' 2:15
Don José, Micaëla
16 'I see my mother's face!' 5:50
Don José, Micaëla
17 'Wait a moment - I'm going to read the letter' 0:32
Don José, Micaëla
18 'Come and help!' 2:58
Cigarette Girls, Zuniga, Soldiers
19 'So, corporal: tell me what happened' 0:11
Zuniga, Don José
20 'Well, Carmencita: what do you have to say for yourself?' 2:28
Zuniga, Carmen
21 'Where are you taking me?' 0:53
Carmen, Don José
22 'There's an old bar in the city' (Seguedilla) 4:37
Carmen, Don José
23 'Careful, - it's the lieutenant!' 2:08
Don José, Zuniga, Carmen

24 Entr'acte 1:42

Act II
25 'From far away mysterious sounds' (Gipsy Song) 5:29
Carmen, Frasquita, Mercédès
26 'Bravo, bravo! More! Keep dancing!' 0:57
Zuniga, Frasquita, Mercédès, Carmen
27 'Hurrah! Hurrah! The Torero!' 0:16
Friends of Escamillo
28 'Who's that?' 'It's Escamillo, the bullfighter from Granada' 0:12
Zuniga, Frasquita, Friends of Escamillo
29 'Hurrah! Hurrah! The Torero!' 0:35
Zuniga, Officers, Friends of Escamillo, Mercédès, Frasquita, Carmen, Moralès
30 'You're most kind' (Toreador's aria) 5:10
Escamillo, Frasquita, Mercédès, Carmen, Moralès, Zuniga, Officers, Friends of Escamillo
31 'We'll come with you, Señor Torero' 1:03
Zuniga, Escamillo, Friends of Escamillo, Carmen, Frasquita, Mercédès
32 'Toreador, be ready!' 1:10
Friends of Escamillo
33 'At last!' 'We got rid of them as quickly as we could' 0:14
Remendado, Frasquita, Dancaïre, Mercédès
34 'There's a little job that we're starting!' 4:50
Dancaïre, Mercédès, Frasquita, Remendado, Carmen
35 'Being in love is not a reason' 2:25
Dancaïre, Carmen, Frasquita, Mercédès, Don José

1 'To bid you welcome to our bar' 0:38
2 'La la la la la la la la' 2:18
Carmen, Don José
3 'Back to camp!. . . Go at once!' 2:35
Carmen, Don José
4 'That flow'r you threw to me I treasured' (Flower Song) 3:55
Don José
5 'No, it's not love at all!' 4:14
Carmen, Don José
6 'Hello! Carmen!' 1:31
Zuniga, Remendado, Dancaïre, Gipsies, Zuniga, Don José, Frasquita, Mercédès
7 'Lieutenant fair, it's true' 2:50
Carmen, Remendado, Dancaïre, Gipsies, Zuniga, Don José, Frasquita, Mercédès
8 'The sky above the open road' 1:02
Gipsies, Frasquita, Mercédès, Carmen, Don José, Remendado, Dancaïre

9 Entr'acte 2:38

10 'Keep going, dear old friend, keep going!' 4:25
Gipsies, Frasquita, Mercédès, Carmen, Don José, Remendado, Dancaïre
11 'Right! Let's stop for a while' 1:03
Dancaïre, Don José, Carmen
12 'Shuffle! Cut them!' 4:05
Frasquita, Mercédès, Carmen
13 'In vain you would avoid the bitter things they're saying' 3:12
Carmen, Frasquita, Mercédès
14 'You're back!' 0:35
Frasquita, Dancaïre, Mercédès, Carmen, Remendado, Don José
15 'As for that man, it should be easy!' 3:07
Frasquita, Mercédès, Carmen, Gipsies, Remendado, Dancaïre
16 'Is this the place?' 0:16
Micaëla, Guide
17 'I say that there's nothing to fear' 5:15
18 'It's him! I'm sure it's him over there!' 0:16
Micaëla, Escamillo, Don José
19 'Escamillo is my name, and I come from Granada' 1:01
Escamillo, Don José
20 'She had a lover here' 4:24
Escamillo, Don José
21 'Holà! holà! José!' 2:51
Carmen, Escamillo, Dancaïre
22 'You should take care, Carmen' 4:00
Don José, Dancaïre, Gipsies, Remendado, Carmen, Micaëla, Frasquita, Carmen
23 'Alas! José, your mother is ill' 2:04
Micaëla, Don José, Escamillo

24 Entr'acte 2:12

Act IV
25 'A few cuartos! A few cuartos!' 2:12
Merchants, Vendors, Zuniga, An Orange Vendor, A Gipsy
26 'Here they come! Here they come!' 3:46
Children, Merchants, Vendors, Chorus
27 'If you love me, Carmen!' 3:24
Escamillo, Carmen, Cordeliers, Frasquita, Mercédès
28 'It's you!' 'It's me!' 6:06
Carmen, Don José
29 'Viva! Viva! What a corrida!' 3:53
Crowd, Don José, Carmen
Patricia Bardon mezzo-soprano - Carmen
Mary Plazas soprano - Micaëla
Mary Hegarty soprano - Frasquita
Sally Harrison soprano - Mercédès
Julian Gavin tenor - Don José
Garry Magee baritone - Escamillo
Peter Wedd tenor - Dancaïre
Mark Le Brocq tenor - Remendado
Nicholas Garrett bass - Zuniga
Toby Stafford-Allen baritone - Moralès
Clare McCaldin mezzo-soprano - An Orange Vendor
Paul Parfitt bass-baritone - A Gipsy
Officers, Soldiers, Children, Cigarette Girls, Gipsies, Bohemians, Smugglers etc.
Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
New London Children's Choir
Philharmonia Orchestra
David Parry
Recorded in:
Watford Colosseum
27-30 August and 2-3 September 2002
Brian Couzens
Sound Engineer(s)
Ralph Couzens
Matthew Walker (Assistant)

Format: DDD
Bit Rate: 24 Bit / 96K

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