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The best of French composers – and quite a cosmopolitan bunch they were too.
We go to Spain first where a naïve soldier has his life turned upside down by one of opera’s fieriest femmes fatales. The public reaction to the premiere of Carmen was lukewarm to say the least, and Bizet predicted his opera would be ‘a definite and hopeless flop’. ‘Sadly, he died suddenly at the age of 36,’ says Katherine, ‘before Carmen’s first run was even over and he would never know just how successful it would become – probably the world’s favourite opera I’d say. It certainly has some of opera’s best-loved tunes in it.’
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