A Rendezvous with Opera's Favorite Bad Girl

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Carmen’s creator, French author Prosper Merimée wrote that a woman has two good hours: one in bed, and the other at her death.  Marilyn Horne adds: "I hope I had a few good ones on stage!"

Today, we hear about those good times, and pay tribute to other great Carmens, including Geraldine Farrar, Rosa Ponselle, Regina Resnik and Risë Stevens. The latter of whom once said Carmen is desired by every man and envied by every woman. Carmen is a fascinating creature, for sure.


On February 23, Operavore will be looking at uses of opera in film, in advance of the Academy Awards. Results from our poll on the best uses of opera in the movies. You can see the results on the February 23rd episode page.