Carmen is Everywhere! A Cultural History of the Carmen Figure

From ads touting the latest in kitchen faucets to songs about the temptations of social media, the reach of Carmen seemingly has no bounds. Georges Bizet’s 1875 masterpiece is often described as one of the most popular operas in the world, but is it really everywhere?

Join Austin Opera and UT Austin professor Jennifer M. Wilks for a look at how the work—and its character—went from being a modest commercial success to becoming a cultural juggernaut. The presentation will explore Carmen’s leap from the pages of a French periodical into the classical music canon and its long life afterward.

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