Carmen: English National Opera Guide 13

Carmen: English National Opera Guide 13

by Georges Bizet, Nicholas John, Nell Moody
     
 

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English National Opera Guides are ideal companions to the opera. They provide stimulating introductory articles together with the complete text of each opera in English and the original. Bizet describes himself as "pagan" and Carmen has a savage Mediterranean beauty quite unique in music. The essays included in this Guide suggest some reasons for its legendary

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English National Opera Guides are ideal companions to the opera. They provide stimulating introductory articles together with the complete text of each opera in English and the original. Bizet describes himself as "pagan" and Carmen has a savage Mediterranean beauty quite unique in music. The essays included in this Guide suggest some reasons for its legendary theatrical appeal. Martin Cooper describes the traditional mixture of spoken words and song that stimulated Bizet to exclaim "I want to revolutionize opera-comique!": the translators show the ingenious and inspired ways in which he set about it. Lesley Wright analyzes the score and Michael Rabaud shows the uncanny appropriateness of Nietzche's support for Bizet in his famous attacks on the decadence of Wagner. This is the first time that the complete text of the verses that Bizet set to music and the full dialogue (much of it especially translated for this Opera Guide), have ever been published.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Brilliantly produced and superb value.”  —The Sunday Times

"All these will provide the new opera-goer with food for thought."  —Daily Telegraph

"Wholehearted recommendation of this valuable new series."  —TLS

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714539379
Publisher:
Oneworld Classics
Publication date:
01/01/1982
Series:
English National Opera Guides , #13
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
132
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875) was a French composer and pianist of the Romantic era, best known for the opera Carmen.

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