Classical Notes: Carmen prepares to Milk it in Limerick

It's that troublesome gypsy woman Carmen again.

25th May, 2014
Oonagh Keogh, violinist, Irish Chamber Orchestra, and James Loffler and Jane Magan, Ballet Ireland, both of whom perform in Carmen in Limerick this week. Picture: Maurice Gunning

It’s that troublesome gypsy woman Carmen again. She’s rarely out of the spotlight, and invariably turns up in a variety of guises to fascinate audiences with the power, passion and volatility of her classically Iberian character.

The temptress from Seville has intrigued the classical world ever since Georges Bizet put music to a novella by Prosper Merimée in 1874, thereby creating the first “realistic” French opera.

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