A shrewd and humorous journey through Bizet’s opera, behind the scenes.
Carmen works in a cigar factory in Seville. Don José is a corporal of the guards. As a man from Navarre he is wary of the women of Andalusia and the fire in their eyes, but he cannot resist when Carmen casts her eyes on him. Rosemary Standley, accompanied by five musicians, all women, explores the opera composed by Georges Bizet to a libretto by Henri Merilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée. She highlights the scandal as seen in conservative 19th century society with a heroine whose uninhibited freedom is still to this day a source of wonderment and joy. After Phèdre ! and Giselle..., director François Gremaud is presenting the third work in his trilogy of grand female figures.