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A Tale of Two Carmens

by Emilia & Linda on August 5, 2011

Bizet’s Carmen is one of the most successful operas of all time and its popularity has led the way to many choreographic interpretations, deriving more or less directly from Mérimée’s libretto. Two of the most often performed ballet versions are Roland Petit’s for Ballets de Paris – created in 1949 and using Bizet’s original score [...]

Carmen

by Linda on May 8, 2010

Is this ballet for you? Go if: Red Hot Chili Carmen Skip if: Faux French or Pastiche Spanish are not your thing Dream Cast For Carmen Tamara Rojo because she is Spanish and fiery, plus her surname matches Carmen’s legendary red dress. Background Carmen goes back to 1845 when Prosper Mérimée‘s torrid novella used to [...]