Opéra-comique in Four Acts
- Composer: Georges Bizet
- Librettists: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
- Source: Carmen, novella by
- First performance: Théâtre National de l'Opéra-Comique,
Paris, 3 March, 1875
- Performance History
This is the text to the ``original'' version of the opera as intended
for performance at the Opéra-Comique. It includes all of the spoken
dialogue, spoken melodrama passages, and vocal parts subsequently altered or
cut, including the 1st Act Scene-Pantomime for Moralès. It is
presented in 3 acts as the authors originally intended, although the
opera was performed in four acts from the beginning and all published
scores and libretti (except the critical edition of Fritz Oeser) divide
it into four acts. For more information on the sources and the text,
see the Notes to the Libretto.
The ``standard'' performing version with the Guiraud recitatives.
[F/I - PDF format]
With abridged dialogue in place of recitatives.
Monday, 08-Dec-2003 21:47:30 PST