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CLIP 12054

Carmen at the Opera House - Toreador Song

Carmen at the Opera House - Toreador Song
Key Info
  • Carmen at the Opera House - Toreador Song
  • Duration: 03:50
  • The character Escamillo sings the toreador song from Bizet's opera Carmen. The performance is from a grand production on stage in an opera house accompanied by a full orchestra, cast and chorus. The French libretto is translated into English appearing as captions at the bottom of the screen as the character sings the gory story of the bullfight and is joined by the chorus in what is perhaps the most famous of all operatic arias.
  • Subject:




  • Keywords: opera, carmen, escamillo, Bizet, aria, soprano, tenor, composer, Spanish, Toreador, opera house, libretto
Ideas for use in class
  • Operatic relative viewing/listening, analysing and evaluating the story of Carmen, appraising music - the operatic aria
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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