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Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: Carmen

A quick intro to Bizet’s masterpiece, this Saturday’s noon opera broadcast.


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In this week’s Opera Cheat Sheet, Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly discuss Bizet’s tour de force, Carmen, the story of the naïve and unstable young soldier Don José who is seduced but then discarded by the wild gypsy girl Carmen.

You can hear LA Opera’s production of Carmen Saturday at noon on Houston Public Media Classical 91.7 or online at

[The opera excerpts in this OCS are taken from the London/Decca recording of Sir Georg Solti conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the John Alldis Choir; Tatiana Troyanos, Carmen; Placido Domingo, Don José; José van Dam, Escamillo (London/Decca 414-489-2)]