Georges Bizet: Carmen

(2129 words)
  • Jeremy Tambling (University of Hong Kong)

[Please note that this entry focuses on Bizet and his most famous work, Carmen. Ed.]

George Bizet (1838-1875), the French composer, was born and lived in Paris, and in his short life mainly wrote operas. His early works are Les Pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers, 1863), composed to a libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré, and set in ancient Ceylon – though it was originally meant to be pre-Columbian Mexico – and La Jolie Fille de Perth (The Fair Maid of Perth 1867), based on Sir Walter Scott's novel. Djamileh (1873), a one-act opera set in Cairo, with an Arabian Nights theme, followed, along with other attempts at opera (including a draft act for Clarissa). B…

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Tambling, Jeremy. "Carmen". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 March 2002
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]