Tuesday at 8:00 PM
Castanets, toreadors, ruffled skirts—there’s nothing abstract about the imagery in Bizet’s Carmen; this opera borrows all the best archetypes to thrust its audience into a sun-baked, Spanish locale that’s throbbing with passion, beauty and danger. 140 years after its premiere, Bizet’s Iberian portrait continues to be one of the most enduring and best-loved. The only problem with Carmen, from a purist’s point of view, is that it was written by a Frenchman.
There are Spanish composers, good ones, who’ve made fine contributions to the repertoire; they’ve just not enjoyed the same spot in the Spanish sun.
This week on the Tuesday Night Opera (8:00 PM), Peter van de Graaff offers a Spanish double-header with Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve and Enrique Granados’s Goyescas.