Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Opera - Bizet Carmen Toreador Song

May remind you of the classical Nokia Ringtones

From Wikipedia:

Carmen is a French opéra comique by Georges Bizet. The libretto is by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on the novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée, first published in1845,[1] itself possibly influenced by the narrative poem The Gypsies (1824) by Alexander Pushkin.[2] Mérimée had read the poem in Russian by 1840 and translated it into French in 1852.[3]
The opera premiered at the Opéra-Comique of Paris on 3 March 1875, but its opening run was denounced by the majority of critics.[4] It was almost withdrawn after its fourth or fifth performance, and although this was avoided, ultimately having 48 performances in its first run,[5] it did little to bolster sagging receipts at the Opéra-Comique. Near the end of this run, the theatre was giving tickets away in order to stimulate attendance. Bizet died of a heart attack, aged 36, on 3 June 1875, never knowing how popular Carmen would become. In October 1875 it was produced in Vienna, to critical and popular success, which began its path to worldwide popularity.[6] It was not staged again at the Opéra Comique until 1883.

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