Carmen is based on the novella of the same name by Prosper Merimee
and was first performed in Paris in 1875.
GIVEN that Prosper Merimee
worked for many years as France's inspector of historical monuments, it is not surprising that his fictional narrators manifest what may be considered an unhealthy obsession with ancient practices and beliefs, particularly with their unknowable origins.
The horrors of the French revolutionary wars inspired the works of writers such as Prosper Merimee
with his opera Carmen and Alexandre Dumas who were inherently drawn to the violence and death that bullfighting represented.
Addressing an international corpus, Met analyzes works by Prosper Merimee
, Guy de Maupassant, Algernon Blackwood, H.
Rosa's mother, Sophia Kenney, who was the daughter of the Irish-born playwright James Kenney, was a well-educated, urbane socialite who "enjoyed the friendship of Charles and Mary Lamb, Samuel Rogers, Prosper Merimee
, Jules Sandeau, and many other celebrated persons" (p.
The author, Prosper Merimee
, couldn't get the story or his experiences of Spain out of his mind and went on to publish Carmen in 1845.
There can be no complaints on that score as Bizet's Carmen, based on a novel by Prosper Merimee
, has a strong story that is best served in its proper setting, Seville in the 1820s.
If the short story writer Prosper Merimee
had not been so thirsty and insisted on stopping at a Spanish inn, he never would have met Carmencita, and there never would have been a Carmen.
It introduces the original novelist, Prosper Merimee
, as a travelling writer to whom soldier turned convicted bandit Jose (Leonardo Sbaraglia) recounts how his obsession with spitfire factory worker Carmen (Paz Vega) has brought him to the eve of execution.
The 19th-century writer Prosper Merimee
is said to have called the palace "an Asiatic tyrant's citadel.