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French Opera’s Most Successful Failure: Carmen’s Uniqueness and Innovation
Loving Carmen
Dir.: Nayo Titzin | 65 minutes

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Lecture (in Heb.) by: Dr. Na’ama Ramot

Concert performed by: Monica Schwartz soprano, Dmitryi Pochapskyi bass, Sonia Mazar piano

In the program: Ch. Gounod - Juliette’s aria from Roméo et Juliette: Je veux vivre, Mephistopheles couplets from Faust; J.Offenbach - Olympia’s aria from Les contes d'Hoffmann; Les oiseaux dans la charmille; F. Halévy - f the Cardinal’s aria from La Juive: Si la rigueur

Bulgaria 2016 | 65 minutes | English, French, Italian | Hebrew, English subtitles

Georges Bizet's Carmen is the most staged, most recorded and most shot opera in the world! It is the most famous French piece of art, which for decades has become a brand itself. The gypsy from the tobacco factory in Seville has become the brightest symbol of the female free spirit in the 19th century. For more than a century musicians, singers, directors, researchers and collectors take through time her story, turning it into a legend. This movie shows the different ways of transforming the character into a favorite and immortal love story treated in art, literature, music and cinema. This is the story of Carmen - the living legend.

The documentary, filmed in St. Gallen, Sevilla, Paris and Santa Fe, is built on the earliest studies of Carmen in art, literature, music and cinema. Presenting the first recordings of Carmen arias, the film also shows the history of the recording industry at the end of 19th and early 20th century. The development of cinema and television industry goes hand in hand with the immortal Bizet opera. in a unique way. In parallel the movie unveils the process of the latest opera staging in the Swiss town of St. Gallen. Loving Carmen is a film about immortality transported by mortals!

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