German Cabinet Card of French Opera Carmen

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Possibly a cabinet card of a German actress as Carmen in the Opera. Circa 1890. Carmen is a French tragic opera based lossely on Prosper Méériméée’s (French writer of romantic stories who wrote a novel by the same name 1846), The Opera was composed by Georges Bizet (1838-1875) and first produced in Paris in 1875. The Opera is set in the year 1820, in Seville, Spain. The lead heroine is Carmen (a mezzo-soprano). She is a cigarette girl of who is passionate, gorgeous, temperamental and deliciously mysterious. In no time she wins the heart, mind and soul of Don José (a tenor) who is a corporal of the dragoons (an elite group in the army). He has a promising career, but throws it all away, forgetting honor and duty, totally blind to love, goes AWOL, and joins Carmen and a band of smugglers. Having destroyed her lover’s career, she tosses him off like a child bored with a new toy, and turns her affections to a new man – a handsome and popular bull fighter Escamillo (a baritone). Unable to accept her rejection, Don José confronts Carmen outside the arena where she awaits her new lover and he stabs her with a knife. The bullfighter, victorious in the ring, victorious in love, emerges to claim the woman with the crowd shouting his praises and they all find Don José with bloody hands sobbing over the lifeless body of Carmen.

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