Location | Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, TX 78205, United States
At present, Carmen is known as French composer’s, Georges Bizet, great masterpiece, but it was not so well received at the start of Carmen’s run. After seeing the premiere of Bizet’s work in 1875, Ernest Newman, English music critic, wrote that the audience was “shocked by the drastic realism of the action” and by the low standing and defective morality of most of the characters. Carmen continued being performed to mostly half-empty houses, but this lasted for only several months. It wasn’t until after Bizet’s death a few months after Carmen premiered, that his work started to become a success. Ernest Guiraud, friend of Bizet, wrote a different version of Carmen to provide a fantastic ballet based off of the opera’s second act. In 1875, Vienna Court Opera performed a slightly deviated form of Bizet’s production and became a huge success. By 1884, Carmen became a worldwide phenomenon as the Metropolitan Opera gave its first performance. By 2011, Carmen had been performed almost one thousand times at the Met alone. Carmen’s popularity continued to grow and today its music is some of the most recognizable in all of opera.
Tickets and more details are available at tobincenter.org, and operasa.org.