Carmen on the Couch: Analyzing Bizet's Bold Heroine She smokes and drinks and brings men to their knees just by crooning a breathy Habanera. She's Carmen, the supreme diva of operatic femmes fatales, the controversial heroine of Bizet's popular opera.
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Carmen on the Couch: Analyzing Bizet's Bold Heroine

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Carmen on the Couch: Analyzing Bizet's Bold Heroine

Carmen on the Couch: Analyzing Bizet's Bold Heroine

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Classic Carmens

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1908 Emma Calve ('Gypsy Song')

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1930 Conchita Supervia ('Habanera')

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1963 Leontyne Price ('Habanera')

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1964 Maria Callas ('Chanson Boheme')

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1999 Denyce Graves ('Seguidilla')

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Talking Carmen

Hear experts and artists discuss aspects of Carmen.

Nietzsche goes ballistic

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No hidden agenda

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Fantasy and nightmare

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Living honestly

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Sexy confidence

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Gender propriety

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Powerful ending

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Liberty

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Contolling the world

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