Mar 3

The world premiere of Georges Bizet’s Carmen had its world premiere at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on March 3, 1875.  Today, it is one of the most popular operas in the standard repertoire, but this opera faced many obstacles in even reaching the stage, let alone becoming a success. With a libretto based on a story that many considered too salacious for public performance, Carmen was roundly denounced as immoral by critics even before its score had been completed. The title role was rejected by the opera divas of the day, and the theatre manager wanted rewrites of the bloody storyline set in Spain. Bizet himself did not live long enough to see Carmen gain acceptance as an operatic masterwork. He died of a heart attack at the age of 36, just three short months after Carmen had its world premiere.

“God lifts me high above those with thoughts of death and deceitthat call for my life. I will enter His presence, offering sacrifices and praise. In His house, I am overcome with joy As I sing, yes, and play music for the Eternal alone.”

 

Scripture Reference: Psalm 27:6, THE VOICE

Image Credit: Bizet, G. (1880) [Seguedille from the opera of Carmen soprano or tenor]. Schirmer, G., New York, , monographic. [Notated Music] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/sm1880.20508

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