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The Toreador march from Bizet's Carmen has popped up in some unlikely places, including the 1960s TV show Gilligan's Island.
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March 8, 2013 A song for a Spanish toreador from a French opera is a favorite of filmmakers. We sample a few unlikely uses of the martial melody — from a desert island to a food court to Sesame Street.
Know your rallentando from your accelerando? Opera singers must follow the composer's musical road signs.
February 1, 2012 Opera singers must obey the musical traffic signals, knowing an accelerando from a rallentando.
Tenors may be characterized as head-strong and unpredictable, but they can produce pretty sounds.
November 30, 2011 If you're talking about the kings of the high Cs, make sure you know your facts from fabrications.
The tortured relationship between Carmen (mezzo-soprano Beatrice Uria-Monzon) and Don Jose (tenor Roberto Alagna) is at the center of one of opera's biggest blockbusters.
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April 1, 2011 Georges Bizet is only known for one opera — but he packs more hummable tunes than usual into it. This production features Roberto Alagna as Don Jose.
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The love of a woman strains the friendship between two fishermen in Bizet's lesser-known opera.
November 5, 2010 The Pearl Fishers, which includes a lovely tenor/baritone duet, shows that there's more to Georges Bizet's music than 'Carmen'. This production comes from Covent Garden, where the opera hasn't been performed in 90 years.
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Flower girls surround mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, who stars as the lead character in Georges Bizet's 'Carmen.'
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March 19, 2010 Sex, smuggling, cigarettes and murder. Now we're talking opera. Georges Bizet's popular Carmen is an opera-goer's guilty pleasure, with plenty of great tunes. Mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, still early in her career, stars in a production from La Scala, in Milan.
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More than 30 years after her death in 1977, Maria Callas' voice continues to thrill and divide fans and experts.
February 15, 2010 The late, great opera diva's sound could sometimes be hollow and dark, sometimes shrill, sometimes gorgeous. Callas continues to thrill and divide audiences with her distinctive voice and the raw intensity she put into it.
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February 27, 2009 Georges Bizet is most famous today for the dazzling opera Carmen, but during his lifetime the exotic drama The Pearl Fishers was a far greater success, and it still boasts some of his finest melodies.
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January 16, 2009 With its sensational story, graphic violence and overt sensuality, Bizet's Carmen proves that opera goers are drawn to the same elements that make for pop culture hits at the movies, and on television.
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July 30, 2008 From the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului, Hawaii, this week's gifted young musicians include a 13-year-old guitarist playing music from Venezuela, an award-winning 15-year-old double bassist, and a five-piano, ten-pianist extravaganza, featuring music by Bizet and Khachaturian. This program originally aired on January 23, 2008.
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