Spanish heat and gypsy passion are brought to the stage in Francesca Zambello’s vivid production of Bizet’s opera.
The Habanera is the aria Carmen sings when she first appears on stage. It is also known as ‘L’amour est un oiseau rebelle’.
Carmen was based on a popular novella of the same name by Prosper Mérimée, which enticed French readers with exotic tales of Spain. Its heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and Georges Bizet’s opera was a critical failure on its premiere in 1875. Bizet died shortly after, never learning of the spectacular success Carmen would achieve – it has been staged over 500 times at Covent Garden alone.
Carmen contains many well-loved numbers, such as Carmen’s seductive Habanera and Escamillo’s rousing Toreador’s song, in which he celebrates the thrill of the bullfight. Richly colored designs capture the sultry heat of the Spanish sun, while ranks of soldiers, crowds of peasants, gypsies, and bullfighters bring 19th-century Seville alive. This combination of memorable music, vivid setting and dramatic story have made Carmen one of the most popular operas in the world.
Carmen, Act I: Habanera · David Tobin, Jeff Meegan, Julian Gallant and English Session Orchestra
Classical Collection – Opera & Oratorio
℗ Audio Network Ltd
Released on: 2019-09-27
Artist: David Tobin Artist: English Session Orchestra Artist: Jeff Meegan Artist: Julian Gallant
Habanera (music or dance of Havana, Spanish: La Habana) is the popular name for “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (“Love is a rebellious bird”), an aria from Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera Carmen.
It is the entrance aria of the title character, a mezzo-soprano role, in scene 5 of the first act.
It is based on a descending chromatic scale followed by variants of the same phrase in first the minor and then the major key, corresponding to the vicissitudes of love expressed in the lyrics.[not verified in body]
Despite the change in mode there is no actual modulation in the aria, and the implied pedal point D is maintained throughout; nevertheless, there is no sense of monotony or stasis.
The vocal range covers D4 to F♯5 with a tessitura from D4 to D5.
The score of the aria was adapted from the habanera “El Arreglito”, originally composed by the Spanish musician Sebastián Iradier.
Bizet thought it to be a folk song.
When others told him he had used something written by a composer who had died 10 years earlier, he had to add a note to the vocal score of Carmen acknowledging its source.
The French libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy.
All that I can remember of this dream from last night is that at some point in the dream I was in a small parking lot outside of a very small one-story apartment-like building standing next to a very small red and / or orange modern car with a half-circle shape to the top of it, and I was talking with my male cousin DE.
The car was very close to some concrete things that are there to stop you from parking too far up, and this was very close to a ledge with a ditch below with some rocks with a small river of water that was probably where rain and other types of water flows through.
Somehow the parked car started moving on its own so maybe my cousin DE and I jumped inside of it, I tried to hit the brakes but it was too late, and we fell over the ledge with the car flipping upside down on the rocks and then maybe partly in the very shallow small river.
Amazingly we and the car were okay, my cousin DE and I climbed out of the flipped car, and we flipped it back over because it was so small and light.
I then drove it over the rocks and up a tiny trail back on the higher ground, and then we got out of the car to check our injuries.
After we quickly checked ourselves for injuries I remember patting my cousin DE on the back telling him that he did good and thanking him, but then I realized that his back was exposed because he had his shirt off and he was possibly slightly bleeding from a small scratch so I told him about this and then I or we walked off because I needed to wash my hands.
I or we walked to a small shopping center that was near this area, I think that one or more people were with me or us, but I can not remember who they were.
We walked into a store with a narrow entrance with some long counters on the left side, sitting on top of one of the counters near the door was a man with light-color skin wearing a mostly white uniform who seemed to be the manager and / or owner who was possibly on a break, and maybe we greeted him but I can not remember.
Further down was another male employee who was working, and he looked like a younger somewhat awkward Robert Pattinson before he got famous who seemed like maybe he did not really want to be there like he was just working this job because he needed some money and / or he was just socially awkward and maybe tired and maybe bored.
I saw a large sign hanging near the counter by the employee who I will call Mr. Pattinson with an image of a nice-looking waffle cone with maybe vanilla ice cream dipped in chocolate with caramel and maybe peanuts with maybe a few other things, and written on the sign was either Unlimited Scoops and / or Unlimited Cones for only $0.99.
I assumed that you could either get unlimited scoops of ice cream and / or as many of these waffle cones that you could eat for only $0.99, and so I was going to get one or more after I wash my hands.
This store was an ice cream parlor, Mr. Pattinson greeted me / us and I asked him where the bathroom was, and he told me where it was and he pointed to where it was.
He spoke in a slow and boring and tired and strange way with a slight strange unknown accent, it sounded like someone trying to hide their accent by trying to speak in Standard American English, but he really had another accent (maybe a British / English accent of some kind) which slightly blended with his attempts to speak in Standard American English which produced a slight strange-sounding accent along with the Standard American English.
I thanked him and I walked to the bathroom which was in an upper area, the entrance area was narrow, but the rest of the building behind this area was surprisingly and amazingly big with stadium style seating with an area above it with some tables with some areas behind them where the bathroom and some other places were.
I went to the bathroom and I washed my hands with soap and water, I dried them, and then I went to order that Unlimited Scoops and / or Unlimited Cones waffle cone for $0.99 which looked very good.
The others were sitting at a table in the upper area with a nice view of the stadium seating below and the first floor, and I bought a waffle cone from Mr. Pattinson but I can not remember what was said during this.
I walked to the table with the others to sit down and talk while eating my waffle cone, and the waffle cone was actually good and I could somewhat taste it and it somewhat reminded me of an even better version of Drumstick ice cream in taste and in appearance.
We were having a good time, and I noticed that many people started to arrive and sit in the stadium seating like a play and / or opera and / or something like that was about to start.
Eventually maybe a play and / or opera started, some of my family was in the crowd like my brothers KD and TD, and a fictional aunt of ours was the lead in the play and / or opera who looked like a combination of our aunt ME and maybe Isabelle Antena and / or someone else.
We had a good view from our table above everything, and near the end of the performance our fictional aunt was singing while wearing a horned helmet and maybe a long yellow pigtail wig and a long old style dress.
I remember our fictional aunt signaling and maybe calling my brothers TD and KD to come to the stay to help her with something as she continued her performance, she was signaling to me as well which I did not realize at first until she gave me some stares of annoyance while waving for me to come on stage, and so I got up to start walking down there.
My brothers TD and KD walked back wearing only towels like they had just taken a bath or took off their clothes for some reason, they had helped our fictional aunt already so I was not needed now, but my fictional aunt was probably angry at me and she was probably going to let me know it after the show.
My brothers TD and KD started to change clothes in the crowd, I then noticed that maybe some or most of my clothing was possibly off as well, and so maybe I started changing my clothes.
We finished changing into new clothes and I probably told my brothers KD and TD about the waffle cone sale, I wanted to go ask Mr. Pattinson if I could get more cones for free and / or more scoops even though I had already eaten my waffle cone or would I have to buy another, and I wanted him to explain this sale.
I sat there for a moment at the table with the others trying to decide if I should do this or not, but I woke up.
All that I can remember of the end of this dream is that I was walking down some steps in a stadium style seating area, I am not sure if it was outside or inside or in an outside / inside area, and it was possibly similar to or the same as the seating area in the previous dream.
Before this I had possibly walked up the steps but I can not remember, I just know that at the end of this dream I was walking down the steps, and as I was walking down the steps there were two women with light-color skin with maybe long yellow hair sitting on the right side near where I was walking.
I did not turn to look at them but I heard them talking, they seemed to be from a country in Europe (European), and as I walked by I heard them talking in an unknown language quietly.
I slowed down trying to listen to see if I could figure out what language they were speaking, they were talking so low that I could barely hear them, but it sounded like maybe they were speaking French but I could not understand what they were saying.
They possibly said something about me and / or to me and / or I said something to them, which possibly led to us talking, and I possibly tried to speak in French to them to see if that was the language that they had spoken but I am not sure.
But that is all that I can remember of this dream before I woke up.