Presented by: Tauranga Opera Forum
Tauranga Opera Forum’s 2020 programme of DVD opera screenings on the third Thursday of the month is exciting, varied and will bring much enjoyment for its members. The Opera’s Committee have chosen a mixture of old favourites and lesser know productions: they start the year with CARMEN, maybe Georges Bizet’s most successful work and generally regarded as one of the great works in the genre.
French composer Georges Bizet had Carmen first performed by the Opéra-Comiquein Paris on 3 March 1875 where its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalized its first audiences.It was written in the genre of opéra comiquewith musical numbers separated by dialogue. It is set in southern Spain and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen.
The opera opens as Carmen and her fellow cigarette-factory workers stream out at the end of a day. Local young men surround then and start to flirt – but as Carmen explains her heart can’t be tied down with the unforgettable habanera, which begins with the words ‘Love is a rebellious bird that none can tame’.
When she is arrested for attacking another woman with a knife, she seduces Don José the arresting officer, to escape. The pair become lovers and Don José ends up running away from the army to be with Carmen.
But two months later, Carmen has tired of Don José and has turned her attention to the bullfighter Escamillo.
In a fit of jealousy, Don José follows Carmen to the amphitheatre where the bullfighters are about to perform – he and stabs her and he dies in the arms of Escamillo.
CARMEN tickets will be available as usual from HOUSE OF TRAVEL (cnr Wharf/Willow Sts) and BURETA PHARMACY from Monday 10 February.