Published on August 26th, 2012 11:37 PM
We start again another of our in-Depth series, with one of the most popular operas ever: Carmen, by Georges Bizet.
The first Carmen was the French mezzo Célestine Galli-Marié. A real character, she was every bit as impetuous and determined woman as the Gypsy herself. She was 34 years old at the time of the premiere, and was a very good match for Carmen both singing and acting, with her voice that was described as that of a high mezzo.