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Carmenlocked

  • Hugh Macdonald

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Opéra comique in four acts by georges Bizet to a libretto by henri Meilhac and ludovic Halévy after prosper Mérimée ’s novel; Paris, Opéra-Comique (Salle Favart), 3 March 1875.

Despite the failure of Djamileh in 1872, the Opéra-Comique directors, Du Locle and De Leuven, invited Bizet to compose an opera in three acts. Meilhac and Halévy were named as librettists and various subjects suggested. It was Bizet himself who put forward Mérimée’s novel ...

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