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Carmen premieres in Paris Carmen premieres in Paris
by The Ovi Team
2018-03-03 08:55:47
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March 3rd 1875; George Bizet's Carmen premieres in Paris. Today, it is one of the most popular operas in the standard repertoire, but Georges Bizet's Carmen faced many obstacles in even reaching the stage, let alone becoming a success. With a libretto based on a story that many considered too salacious for public performance, Carmen was roundly denounced as immoral by critics even before its score had been completed. The title role was rejected by nearly every female performer considered for the part, and the head of the theatre in which the opera was to be staged pressured Georges Bizet for rewrites out of fear of financial calamity should the production prove a flop. Bizet himself did not live long enough to see Carmen gain acceptance as an operatic masterwork. He died of a heart attack at the age of 36; just three short months after Carmen had its world premiere at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on March 3, 1875.




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