Bizet, Carmen - 11th June 2014

Breaking out of opéra comique - an examination of Bizet’s Carmen.

Sandy writes: Although Carmen was created within the French conventions of opéra comique, in fact Bizet’s masterpiece reaches well beyond the genre. The work can be seen as an early example of a new way of writing opera: verismo, which aimed to depict real people on stage, who have real emotions. The central character is a great example of this: Carmen herself is daring, sexy, unconventional, and a world apart from the “spotless rose” model for most opera heroines of the time.

Sandy Burnett musician and broadcaster:

Lecturer: Sandy Burnett
Pianist: Christian Dawson
Singer: Sophie Goldrick