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Next performances

28 May 2018, Monday, at 18:00

The Best of Czech and World Music, chamber concert

St Martin in the Wall Church, Prague

Best available 700 CZK


28 May 2018, Monday, at 20:00

Prague Brass Ensemble: From Baroque to Jazz, chamber concert

St Nicholas Church at Old Town, Prague

Best available 500 CZK


29 May 2018, Tuesday, at 19:00

Bolero, Carmina burana, chamber concert with vocal soloist

Spanish Synagogue, Prague

Best available 800 CZK


31 May 2018, Thursday, at 17:30

Schubert-Franck-Haendel-Mozart, chamber concert

St George Basilic, Prague

Best available 1050 CZK


2 Jun 2018, Saturday, at 18:00

The Best of Czech and World Music, chamber concert

St Martin in the Wall Church, Prague

Best available 700 CZK


Carmen

Opera in 4 acts based on the novel by Prosper Mrime

genre opera
music Georges Bizet
libretto Ludovic Halévy
libretto Henri Meilhac
world premiere 03/03/1875 Paris (Opra-Comique)
home premiere 3rd January, 1884, Praha (Nrodn divadlo)

sykorova2.jpgThe story of the passionate and beautiful Carmen, the frivolous seductress, whose fickle life ands at the hands of the jilted lover, was written by Prosper Mrime a whole thirty years before the premier of Bizets work. The thirty-seven-year-old composer intro-duced more characters into the plot. He positioned the carefree Carmen in juxtaposition to the pure and responsible Micaela, in addition to Jos there is his arch enemy Don Escamillo.

While preserving the simple story Bizet composed an opera full of sensual and wild Spanish melodies which, how-ever, generated enthusiasm throughout Europe only after the premier in 1875 (the audience hiss at the premier in Paris six month earlier). The composer, however, did not live to experience the success of his masterpiece.