Overture Opera Guides: Carmen by Georges Bizet (A Dual-Language Book/Parallel Text Book)
Carmen is one of the most enduringly popular of all operas and the most successful of Georges Bizet’s works. Following its premiere at the Opéra- Comique in Paris in 1875, it went on to be performed at all the major opera houses in the world. With its searing depictions of passion, obsession and jealousy, it has never lost its hold on the opera-going public.
This guide has articles which describe the genesis of the opera, its initial failure at its premiere and the various versions in which it went on to conquer the opera stages of Europe and the USA. There are also articles which analyse its appeal, which explore its music and which detail its extensive performance history. The guide has sixteen pages of illustrations, a musical thematic guide, the full libretto and English translation (in both the dialogue and recitative versions), a discography, bibliography, DVD and website guides.
Overture Opera Guides: Carmen by Georges Bizet A Dual-Language Book/Parallel Text Book) - About the Author:
Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875) was a French composer of great brilliance and originality, but who never lived to see the success of his work. In addition to Carmen, his operas include Les pécheurs de perles and La jolie fille de Perth. He died, aged thirty-six, three months after failure of the Paris premiere of Carmen.
Overture Opera Guides: Carmen by Georges Bizet A Dual-Language Book/Parallel Text Book) - Reviews:
‘Neat little volumes they are, handy for carrying around, clearly printed and well set-out, complete with libretto and translation, discography and a generous selection of illustrations.’ Gramophone
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'Marvellous... the best books of their kind.' Hugh Canning
‘The first thing noticeable about these initial items in the revamped Opera Guides series... is how much more solid and attractive these volumes are compared with the old ones. Production values are up, with more appealing design, clearer print and much better paper, making these books altogether more shelf-worthy.’
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