“Carmen” 1875

On March 3, 1875, Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen” premiered in Paris.  The story is set in Seville, Spain, in the early 19th century, and the protagonist is Carmen, a beautiful, free-spirited gypsy with a fiery temper.  She seduces a naïve soldier, and events soon spiral to ruin them both.  The very popular opera quickly established the stereotype of the hot-tempered Latina femme fatale that still endures in the 21st century (which will hopefully be the last and final century for the persistence of this unfortunate stereotype).
El 3 de marzo de 1875 se estrenó en París la ópera “Carmen” de Georges Bizet. La historia se desarrolla en Sevilla, España, a principios del siglo 19, y la protagonista es Carmen, una hermosa gitana de espíritu libre y temperamento feroz. Ella seduce a un soldado ingenuo, y los acontecimientos pronto los arruinan a ambos. La muy popular ópera estableció rápidamente el estereotipo de la mujer fatal latina de mal genio que aún perdura en el siglo 21.

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