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Carmen

Thomson Smillie

Carmen is among the most popular operas for all the obvious reasons: great characters, a gripping story and fabulous music. But what sets it on a pinnacle is an amazing combination of three factors: a sizzling gipsy heroine (one of the most psychologically complex and compelling characters in all theatre), great atmosphere (Spain, hot sun, the bull-ring) and the prodigality of melodic invention – one great tune after another, at least a dozen of which are the staples of Madison Avenue and the animated cartoon. Like a surprising number of opera-house staples, Carmen was not a success at its first performance. In fact, it is likely that its failure contributed to the early death of the composer. But as Thomson Smillie shows in his accessible introduction, the emotionally driven nature of its heroine and her admirers, Don José and Escamillo, makes Carmen unforgettable. As always in the Opera Explained series, the music itself plays an integral role.

Carmen is among the most popular operas for all the obvious reasons: great characters, a gripping story and fabulous music. But what sets it on a pinnacle is an amazing combination of three factors: a sizzling gipsy heroine (one of the most psychologically complex and compelling characters in all theatre), great atmosphere (Spain, hot sun, the bull-ring) and the prodigality of melodic invention – one great tune after another, at least a dozen of which are the staples of Madison Avenue and the animated cartoon. Like a surprising number of opera-house staples, Carmen was not a success at its first performance. In fact, it is likely that its failure contributed to the early death of the composer. But as Thomson Smillie shows in his accessible introduction, the emotionally driven nature of its heroine and her admirers, Don José and Escamillo, makes Carmen unforgettable. As always in the Opera Explained series, the music itself plays an integral role.
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Genres:

Music

Description:

Carmen is among the most popular operas for all the obvious reasons: great characters, a gripping story and fabulous music. But what sets it on a pinnacle is an amazing combination of three factors: a sizzling gipsy heroine (one of the most psychologically complex and compelling characters in all theatre), great atmosphere (Spain, hot sun, the bull-ring) and the prodigality of melodic invention – one great tune after another, at least a dozen of which are the staples of Madison Avenue and the animated cartoon. Like a surprising number of opera-house staples, Carmen was not a success at its first performance. In fact, it is likely that its failure contributed to the early death of the composer. But as Thomson Smillie shows in his accessible introduction, the emotionally driven nature of its heroine and her admirers, Don José and Escamillo, makes Carmen unforgettable. As always in the Opera Explained series, the music itself plays an integral role.

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Timson

Length:

1h 6m


Chapters

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02:25

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

00:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

00:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

00:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

00:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:43


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:08


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:02


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:45


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:38