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Prime Ten French Phrases in Carmen


Kate Aldrich (Carmen) and Nmon Ford (Escamillo) carry out in Opera Colorado’s 2022 manufacturing of Bizet’s Carmen.
Photograph: Opera Colorado/Matthew Staver

By: Angelica DiIorio

We at Opera Colorado are excited to shut our 2021-22 Season with the well-known opera Carmen. The composer Georges Bizet was born in Paris and the opera is carried out in his native French. Nonetheless, you should not have to really feel like you’re cramming for a French ultimate to get pleasure from this opera.

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Word cloud in the shape of a heart with words of various sizes in orange, yellow, purple, and mauve. The largest word in the middle is “Aime,” surrounded by “Baiser” and “Fleur.”Throughout each Opera Colorado efficiency, one can find subtitles at your seat translating the French phrases into your alternative of English or Spanish. There are additionally English supertitles above the primary stage. And, simply to be utterly positive you understand what’s going on within the story, take a look at Carmen 101: Characters and Plot to study extra concerning the story.

Worry not, you’ll know what’s going on though Carmen is in French. Even nonetheless, it’s attention-grabbing to really feel a bit of nearer to the dialogue, so, on this put up, we shall be going over a number of the most typical French phrases sung within the efficiency. When you take away all of the “and” (et), “the” (le/la/les), and “of” (de) phrases from the textual content, beneath are the ten phrases that seem most frequently within the textual content.

#1 French Phrase in Carmen: “L’amour” 

(n.) which means love

There may be loads of discuss of affection in Carmen—particularly the love triangle between Don José, Escamillo, and Carmen. However, Carmen is a drama so one love triangle is simply not sufficient; there may be additionally rigidity between Don José, Micaëla, and Carmen.

#2 French Phrase in Carmen: “ Avoir peur” 

(v.) to be afraid

After Don José runs off to the mountains with Carmen, it’s Micaëla who goes to search out him. As she approaches the hideout internet hosting Don José, Carmen, and a band of smugglers, she is afraid and prays to God to present her braveness. She sings, “Seule en ce lieu sauvage, toute seule j’ai peur, mais j’ai tort d’avoir peur” (Alone on this wild place, on their own, I’m afraid, however I’m fallacious to be afraid). Take a look at soprano Janai Brugger performing this lovely aria in Opera Colorado’s 2014 semi-staged manufacturing of Carmen.

#3 French Phrase in Carmen: “ Baiser” 

(v.) which means to kiss

Many phrases that seem in Carmen are associated to like. Characters fall out and in of affection or infatuation. Is anybody really in love? Carmen herself tells you like isn’t one thing that may be tamed.

#4 French Phrase in Carmen: “La fleur” 

(n.) which means a flower

A man with a green and golden military coat gazes lovingly at a white flower he is holding with both hands in front of his body.
Don José, performed by Bruce Sledge in Opera Colorado’s 2022 manufacturing of Carmen, holding the flower Carmen gave him.
Photograph: Opera Colorado/Matthew Staver

When Carmen and Don José first meet, she throws a flower at him to get his consideration. Whilst he’s arrested for serving to Carmen escape the Spanish Dragoons, he holds on to that very same flower till they will meet once more. He sings, “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée, dans ma jail m’était restée” (The flower that you just threw to me stayed with me in my jail) in “The Flower Music.” Afterward, the flower is what Don José makes use of to show the power of his love for Carmen.

 

#5 French Phrase in Carmen: “La mère” 

(n.) which means mom

Don José’s mom checks in on him with messages despatched by Micaëla all through the opera. You’ll hear a mom pleading for her son to go away the town and are available again house to his household—some issues by no means change. These letters from his mom assist encourage Don José to marry Micaëla and depart Carmen to return house, however he doesn’t all the time take heed to the clever phrases of his mère.

#6 French Phrase in Carmen: “La mort” 

(n.) which means loss of life

Two women kneel on the group side by side with cards arranged in front of them. The woman on the left has her right arm raised above her head as she sings.
Frasquita and Mercédès learn their destiny within the playing cards.
Photograph: Opera Colorado/Matthew Staver

Originally of the third act, Carmen’s buddies, Frasquita and Mercédès, take out playing cards to inform their fortunes. Whereas her good friend’s futures present wealth and real love, Carmen’s playing cards predict loss of life. This morbid omen would possibly unnerve some, however Carmen resigns herself to the fingers of destiny.

#7 French Phrase in Carmen: “L’oiseau” 

(n.) which means chicken

One of the crucial well-known arias in Carmen is the “Habanera,” the place Carmen sings “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” or “Love is a rebellious chicken.” By way of this iconic melody, the viewers learns Carmen’s nonchalant angle in the direction of love. She needs to be free as a chicken in all elements of her life, from the place she travels to whom she loves. Be taught extra about this aria from Opera Colorado’s 2022 Carmen herself, mezzo-soprano Kate Aldrich. Be sure that to observe to the tip for her efficiency of the “Habanera.”

#8 French Phrase in Carmen: “Les soldats” 

(n.) which means the troopers

A man in a green and gold military coat holds a woman with long black hair by her right wrist. She smiles while the man’s face is stern.
Carmen (Kate Aldrich) in battle with the Spanish Dragoons like Don José (Bruce Sledge) in Opera Colorado’s 2022 Manufacturing.
Photograph: Opera Colorado/Matthew Staver

Earlier than abandoning his respectable life to be with Carmen, Don José is a Spanish soldier. Within the first act, he and the opposite troopers are watching the ladies who work on the cigarette manufacturing unit. When a battle breaks out between Carmen and one other employee, Manuelita, they step in to halt the brawl. When Don José meets Carmen on this scene, he’s shortly challenged to desert his life as a soldier for her.

#9 French Phrase in Carmen: “Songer” 

(v.) which means to dream

In his Toréador Music, the bullfighter Escamillo sings the praises of his sport, from having fun with the cheering crowds to craving movie star for his braveness. He sings, “Toreador, L’amour t’attend! Et songe bien, oui, songe en combatant,” which means “Toreador, love awaits you. And dream away, sure dream in fight.” On this well-known aria, you get insights into Escamillo’s desires of glory and proof of his confidence. Get to know Escamillo higher with baritone Nmon Ford, and expertise an exciting efficiency of his aria on the finish of the video!

#10 French Phrase in Carmen: “Le memento” 

(n.) which means a reminiscence or memento

A memento is commonly a bit of object you get on trip to remind you of your journey. Keep in mind the “fleur” or “flower” is a standard phrase in Carmen? That’s Don José’s memento, reminding him of Carmen when they’re aside.

Ten French vocabulary phrases realized and never a pop quiz in sight! You now know a number of extra French phrases and, most significantly, it is possible for you to to acknowledge a few of them in essentially the most iconic melodies in opera. Hear for these phrases and impress your mates together with your French expertise once you see Carmen stay for your self!

 

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