Don't know exactly what to talk about today, it's a bank holiday weekend, we are going to watch Eurovision tonight, but I am not in the mood to talk about it. It is beautiful outside, it's hot and sunny, I am feeling like listening to some opera. I thought I'd talk about the first time I discovered it.
When I was 5 ot 6, my parents got a record of the opera Carmen, by Georges Bizet. I was blown away. I am not a big fan of XIXth century music, but I always loved and always will love Carmen. It's a great opera, the story is brilliant and the music and arias actually make the plot move forwards. Because of its dramatic efficiency, it was no surprise that Carmen got adapted so often on the big screen. My dad got us watch the 1984 adaptation by Francesco Rosi when it was released, in a little cinema in Chicoutimi, now closed. There was hardly anybody in the theater, but I was enthralled by the story, for me it was like watching Ben Hur on its first day. I still love the adaptation (which you can find on youtube). You can find the original shortstory by Mérimée here. Plot-wise, it's very different from the opera, but the main elements and themes are here and it's quite interesting in itself.
I will give you a bit of the movie, the Habanera, a song about the nature of love, where Carmen is both sensual and cynical: