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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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Transatlantic Carmens in Dance and Drama

Transatlantic Carmens in Dance and Drama

(p.171) Chapter 6 Transatlantic Carmens in Dance and Drama
Carmen and the Staging of Spain

Michael Christoforidis

Oxford University Press

In the early 1890s Emma Calvé’s emergence coincided with the ascent of Spanish dancing stars, Carmencita Dausset and Carolina “la Belle” Otero, on the international music-hall circuit. All three enjoyed careers and celebrity that took them from Paris across the English Channel and the Atlantic. Their influence can be seen in the two major adaptations that form the subject of Chapter 6. Famed in both London and New York, English dramatic actress Olga Nethersole starred in a lurid adaptation of the opera for the legitimate stage in the mid-1890s, while the young Spanish dancer Rosario Guerrero reinterpreted Carmen in mime and dance in a ballet version devised for London’s Alhambra Theatre in 1903, the dramatic intensity of her performance inflected by newly emerging flamenco styles.

Keywords:   Carmen, Emma Calvé, Carolina “la Belle” Otero, Olga Nethersole, Rosario “la Belle” Guerrero, music hall, pantomime, Alhambra Theatre (London), London, New York

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