Mar 16


In preparation for seeing this Georges Bizet opera for the first time at the Straz Center, I quickly read a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy  (their work based on a novella by Prosper Merimee). My super smart husband assures me that I will recognize a great deal of the music.

Carmen seems to be the epitome of a temptress. She is a gypsy gal who works in a cigarette factory and catches the eye of a soldier named Don José. Don José’s ill mother wants him to be with a hometown sweetheart named Micaëla. She is no match for that seductress. I do not really feel bad for what befalls José; he falls hard for Carmen after she starts a cat fight in the cigarette factory. He is charged with transporting the prisoner and of course he sets her free, which gets him in some major trouble with his bosses.

Carmen soon tires of José, and tells him to get lost when she becomes enamored with a bullfighter, Escamillo. As with most operas, you just know it doesn’t end well.

I am looking forward to enjoying the performance with my husband and mother-in-law. I am one for two in the staying awake at the opera game, I am hoping to improve my stats.



Click on a tab to select how you'd like to leave your comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *