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An Aria A Day #19

from Carmen
by Georges Bizet

26th May, 2020

Caroline Meng brings us this performance from her home in Paris. Carmen’s entrance aria ‘L’amour est un oiseau rebelle’ (‘Love is a rebellious bird’) needs little introduction.

Its iconic and now ubiquitous melody is so infectiously Spanish that it was mistaken for a folk song even by Bizet, and the Habanera opening page in the musical score includes a credit for its original composer, Sebastián Yradier. In the opera, Carmen regales an eager crowd with her seductive, free-spirited sentiments, saying that she is like a bird who can’t be tamed.

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