The captivating Carmen, one of the most vivid characters in opera, is a name intimately associated with the concept of the femme fatale. Georges Bizet’s opera built around her allure premiered in Paris in 1875. His fame and her flame both still blaze after nearly a century and half. The music of Carmen offers a parade of ‘hit’ tunes, including Habanera, Seguidilla, and the Toreador Song. Musicologists refer to the final act as “the single most dramatic and extraordinary act in all opera.” Ms. Mauch invites us to meet, or meet again, the exciting characters that people this French masterpiece: Carmen herself, of course, Don Jose, Escamillo, and the Gypsy band. Dust off those opera glasses!
This lecture will take place at Stoneridge Creek, 3300 Stoneridge Creek Way, Pleasanton, CA 94588