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Carmen and the Staging of SpainRecasting Bizet's Opera in the Belle Epoque$
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Michael Christoforidis and Elizabeth Kertesz

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780195384567

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780195384567.001.0001

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Premiere and Revival

Premiere and Revival

Paris, Galli-Marié, and Spanish Affairs

(p.27) Chapter 1 Premiere and Revival
Carmen and the Staging of Spain

Michael Christoforidis

Elizabeth Kertesz

Oxford University Press

Carmen’s 1875 premiere at the Opéra-Comique was an unauspicious launch for a work that became Bizet’s most famous opera. Its controversial subject, Célestine Galli-Marié’s realist performance of the eponymous heroine, and surrounding politics all contributed to the work’s initial failure. Despite this, Carmen quickly became established in theaters around the world, leading to a triumphant revival when Galli-Marié finally returned to the role in Paris in 1883. This chapter examines connections between the opera’s changing fortunes in Paris and a range of issues related to Spain. It explores how fresh notions of local color, including the phenomenal success of the estudiantinas from 1878, transformed the landscape of Spanishness in the French capital at this time.

Keywords:   Carmen, Paris, Georges Bizet, Opéra-Comique, estudiantina, Exposition Universelle, Célestine Galli-Marié, Elena Sanz

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