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Carmen and the Staging of Spain: Recasting Bizet's Opera in the Belle Epoque

Michael Christoforidis and Elizabeth Kertesz


Carmen and the Staging of Spain explores the Belle Époque fascination with Spanish entertainment that refashioned Bizet’s opera and gave rise to an international “Carmen industry.” Authors Michael Christoforidis and Elizabeth Kertesz challenge the notion of Carmen as an unchanging exotic construct, tracing the ways in which performers and productions responded to evolving fashions for Spanish style from its 1875 premiere to 1915. Focusing on selected realizations of the opera in Paris, London, and New York, Christoforidis and Kertesz explore the cycles of influence between the opera and its pa ... More

Keywords: Carmen, Georges Bizet, Spanish music, musical exoticism, Spanish dance, operatic parody, Victorian entertainment, Emma Calvé, Geraldine Farrar

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780195384567
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195384567.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Christoforidis, author
Lecturer in Music, University of Melbourne

Elizabeth Kertesz, author
Research Fellow at the Melbourne Conservatorium, University of Melbourne