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Carmen Abroad
Bizet's Opera on the Global Stage

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Clair Rowden, Richard Langham Smith, Laura Moeckli, Michela Niccolai, Bruno Forment, Matthew Franke, Kristen M. Turner, Charlotte Bentley, José Manuel Izquierdo, Jaime Cortés-Polanía, Juan Francisco Sans, David Cranmer, Kerry Murphy, Paul Rodmell, Linda J. Buckley, Jennifer Millar, Martin Nedbal, Renata Suchowiejko, Ulla-Britta Broman-Kananen, Michelle Assay, Naomi Matsumoto, Michael Christoforidis, Elizabeth Kertesz, Lola San Martín Arbide, Sabine Teulon Lardic
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  • Date Published: July 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108481618

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  • From the 'old world' to the 'new' and back again, this transnational history of the performance and reception of Bizet's Carmen – whose subject has become a modern myth and its heroine a symbol – provides new understanding of the opera's enduring yet ever-evolving and resituated presence and popularity. This book examines three stages of cultural transfer: the opera's establishment in the repertoire; its performance, translation, adaptation and appropriation in Europe, the Americas and Australia; its cultural 'work' in Soviet Russia, in Japan in the era of Westernisation, in southern, regionalist France and in Carmen's 'homeland', Spain. As the volume reveals the ways in which Bizet's opera swiftly travelled the globe from its Parisian premiere, readers will understand how the story, the music, the staging and the singers appealed to audiences in diverse geographical, artistic and political contexts.

    • Explores how Bizet's Carmen swiftly travelled the globe, and how the story, the music, the staging and the singers appealed to audiences in diverse contexts
    • Reveals how opera travels, is translated, adapted and appropriated for different artistic, political and social ends
    • The global map and interactive timeline on www.carmenabroad.org provides an engaging supplement to this voyage of discovery
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    ‘… Richard Langham Smith … shows us previously unconsidered sides of the seductive cigarière, first described by French author Prosper Mérimée.’ Opera Now

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    • Date Published: July 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108481618
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 175 x 250 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus. 11 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    List of contributors
    Foreword and acknowledgements
    Part I. Establishment in Paris and the repertoire:
    1. Carmen at home and abroad Clair Rowden and Richard Langham Smith
    2. Carmen's second chance: revival in Vienna Laura Moeckli
    3. Carmen faces Paris and the provinces Clair Rowden
    4. Carmen dusted down: Albert Carré's 1898 revival at the Opéra-Comique Michela Niccolai
    5. Refashioning Carmen at the Théâtre de La Monnaie, 1902 Bruno Forment
    6. How Carmen became a repertory opera in Italy and in Italian Matthew Franke
    Part II. Across frontiers:
    7. A new performance for a new world: Carmen in America Kristen M. Turner
    8. The unstoppable march of time: Carmen, and New Orleans in transition Charlotte Bentley
    9. The return of the habanera: Carmen's early reception in Latin America José Manuel Izquierdo, Jaime Cortés-Polanía and Juan Francisco Sans
    10. From Spain to Lusophone lands: Carmen in Portugal and Brazil David Cranmer
    11. Carmen in the antipodes Kerry Murphy
    12. Carmen, as seen and heard in Victorian Britain Paul Rodmell
    13. Celtic Carmens: rebellion and redemption Linda J. Buckley and Jennifer Millar
    14. Carmen for the Czechs and Germans, 1880 to 1945 Martin Nedbal
    15. Carmen in Poland prior to 1918 Renata Suchowiejko
    16. A woman or a demon: Carmen in the late nineteenth-century Nordic countries Ulla-Britta Broman-Kananen
    Part III. Localising Carmen:
    17. Russian Carmens and 'Carmenism': from Imperial import to ideological benchmark Michelle Assay
    18. The other reversed? Japan's assimilation of Carmen between 1885 and 1945 Naomi Matsumoto
    19. Flamenco and the 'hispanicisation' of Bizet's Carmen in the Belle Époque Michael Christoforidis and Elizabeth Kertesz
    20. Carmen at home: between Andalusia and the Basque Provinces (1845–1936) Lola San Martín Arbide
    21. Carmen in the midi amphitheatres: a 'tauro-comique' spectacle Sabine Teulon Lardic
    Selected Bibliography.

  • Editors

    Richard Langham Smith, Royal College of Music, London
    Richard Langham Smith is a Research Professor at the Royal College of Music, London. He edited Carmen for Edition Peters and his translation of the libretto can be found in the Overture Opera Guide. With Cambridge University Press, he is the author of the Cambridge Opera Handbook for Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande and the editor of Debussy Studies. In 1995 he was made Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres for services to French culture and music.

    Clair Rowden, Cardiff University
    Clair Rowden is a Reader in Musicology at Cardiff University. Her work includes collaborating with Richard Langham Smith on Carmen (Edition Peters) and the recent curation of www.carmenabroad.org to accompany this book. The co-edited collection Musical Theatre in Europe, 1830-1945 was published in 2017, and her book Opera and Parody in Paris, 1860-1900 appears in 2020. She regularly writes programme notes for Opéra-Comique, Wexford Festival Opera, Welsh National Opera, the Royal Opera House and the Salzburg Festival.

    Contributors

    Clair Rowden, Richard Langham Smith, Laura Moeckli, Michela Niccolai, Bruno Forment, Matthew Franke, Kristen M. Turner, Charlotte Bentley, José Manuel Izquierdo, Jaime Cortés-Polanía, Juan Francisco Sans, David Cranmer, Kerry Murphy, Paul Rodmell, Linda J. Buckley, Jennifer Millar, Martin Nedbal, Renata Suchowiejko, Ulla-Britta Broman-Kananen, Michelle Assay, Naomi Matsumoto, Michael Christoforidis, Elizabeth Kertesz, Lola San Martín Arbide, Sabine Teulon Lardic

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