Hardcover - 200 pages Book & Cd edition (September 2001), usually ships within 24 hours.
Georges Bizet's final opera, Carmen, has become one of the best-known plots with the most memorable of music, despite its initial rejection by Paris critics following its "scandalous" 1875 premiere at the Opéra-Comique, a theater known for works of a lighter flavor. Basing their work on Prosper Mérimée's novella, talented librettists Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy fashioned a timeless story of love, jealousy, and violence in the Spanish city of Seville, all set into motion by Carmen, a seductive, free-spirited femme fatale. For this new edition of Carmen, artist Davide Pizzigoni once again creates a stage for the imagination with richly allusive illustrations that capture the exotic spirit of the Spanish setting. J. D. McClatchy's fluid and rhythmic translation of the libretto allows the listener full appreciation of Bizet's swift and lustrous score as it is exquisitely performed in this 1950 recording of André Cluytens conducting the Orchestre du Théâtre del'Opéra-Comique. A truly symphonic experience of song, poetry, and art, Carmen is the perfect gift for any opera fan.
270 full-color illustrations. 200 pages. 9 7/8 x 9 7/8" trim size. Published in 2001.
About the Author
David Pizzigoni is a Milan-based artist and designer whose opera credits include sets and costumes for productions in Zurich and Vienna. J.D. McClatchy, who lives in New York and Stonington, Connecticut, is editor of the Yale Review and author of four collections of poetry and four original opera libretti.