Bizet - Carmen, WD 31 - Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre - Conductor:Cluytens, Andre, Choir:Paris Opera-Comique Chorus, Orchestra:Paris Opera-Comique Orchestra 8zol3p | Track | Classical for all | MUZIK Air

Composer Information

Georges Bizet (25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875), registered at birth as Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, was a French composer of the romantic era. Best known for his operas in a career cut short by his early death, Bizet achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen, which has become one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire opera repertoire. During a brilliant student career at the Conservatoire de Paris, Bizet won many prizes, including the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1857. He was recognised as an outstanding pianist, though he chose not to capitalise on this skill and rarely performed in public. Returning to Paris after almost three years in Italy, he found that the main Parisian opera theatres preferred the established classical repertoire to the works of newcomers. His keyboard and orchestral compositions were likewise largely ignored; as a result, his career stalled, and he earned his living mainly by arranging and transcribing the music of others. Restless for success, he began many theatrical projects during the 1860s, most of which were abandoned. Neither of his two operas that reached the stage in this time—Les pêcheurs de perles and La jolie fille de Perth—were immediately successful. After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71, during which Bizet served in the National Guard, he had little success with his one-act opera Djamileh, though an orchestral suite derived from his incidental music to Alphonse Daudet's play L'Arlésienne was instantly popular. The production of Bizet's final opera, Carmen, was delayed because of fears that its themes of betrayal and murder would offend audiences. After its premiere on 3 March 1875, Bizet was convinced that the work was a failure; he died of a heart attack three months later, unaware that it would prove a spectacular and enduring success. [source from Wikipedia]

Work Information

The story of "Carmen", composed by Bizet, is adapted from the work of the French Realism author Prosper Mérimée of the same name. This song is the aria sung by Carmen when she just appears in the first act. Facing a group of soldiers observing her, she only admires Don José who is concentrated on cleaning his gun. Therefore, she flirts with her luminous eyes, dances the Habanera with her body, and sings, "Love is a rebellious bird...If you love me not, then I love you. But if I love you, take guard yourself."

Work Alias: Opéra-comique en quatre actes