Backstage at the Opera

Michael Clive

Posted by Tracy Hansford in Program Notes

Michael Clive’s writing on music and the arts has appeared in publications throughout the U.S. and in the U.K., as well as on the Internet (for Classical and Classical Review) and television (for the PBS series Live From Lincoln Center). He is program annotator…

Deadlier than the Male

Posted by Tracy Hansford in Carmen, Productions, Program Notes

…Deadlier than the Male Ignore the statistics. Though Carmen‘s frequency of performance lags slightly behind a couple of others, such as Puccini’s La bohème, there is something about this opera that puts it ahead of all others in familiarity and fascination; it’s the opera we’ve…

Carmen Synopsis with video clips

Posted by Tracy Hansford in Carmen, Online Learning

ACT I Seville, Spain Soldiers loiter near a cigarette factory in Seville observing the townspeople. A peasant girl, Micaela, approaches Moralès and inquires about a recent recruit,Don José .With the changing of the guard, led by Lt. Zuniga, the newly minted soldier enters. On a…