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Arkady Pugachevsky



by Arkady Pugachevsky

108×91 mm, X6/10, 2000, op. # 105
owner (customer): Petra Kretz

Carmen, opera

Carmen is a French opera by Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Meilhac and Halevy, based on the story of the same title by Prosper Merimee.

The story is set in Seville, Spain, circa 1830, and concerns the eponymous Carmen, a beautiful Gypsy with a fiery temper. Free with her love, she woos the corporal Don Jose, an inexperienced soldier. Their relationship leads to his rejection of his former love, mutiny against his superior, turn to a criminal life, and ultimately, out of jealousy, murder of Carmen. Although he is briefly happy with Carmen, he falls into madness when she turns from him to the bullfighter Escamillo.