The single most popular opera is undoubtedly Georges Bizet’s Carmen. There are more wonderful highlights in that one opera than any other composer can boast in his entire operatic output, except possibly Mozart or Puccini. This overflow of loveliness has spawned several orchestral suites, at least two ballets, a Carmen Fantasy, and a complete transformation of the opera from Spain to the United States, Carmen Jones, featuring a black cast. The film version includes Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge. This creation uses the music as Georges Bizet wrote it in 1875, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Today’s program takes four famous excerpts and follows them as they appear in Carmen Jones, two Ballets, and Carmen Fantasy by Pablo de Sarasate.
arts enthusiast Jack Brin to view films and film clips and talk about opera and
music appreciation in this 4 part series. Registration is appreciated.