Hoping to impress Carmen, the dashing bullfighter, Escamillo bursts out with a robust, super-masculine, yet romantic toast to his fellow bullfighters in the Toreador Song
029 2022 4488 THEATRE Royal Opera LIVE: Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form - numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song
have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has.
His coffin was carried into St Flannan's Church in his home town of Killaloe in Co Clare to the Toreador Song
from Bizet's opera Carmen, adopted by Munster Rugby for the club's anthem Stand Up And Fight.
Featuring tongue-in-cheek commentary from the point of view of baritones rarely granted memorable tunes comparable to Puccini's "Nessun dorma," the song quotes Puccini's melody in the vocal and piano parts, much as Bolcom did for "George." Moore's quotational tour de force--which references five major baritone arias, including the Toreador Song
from Carmen--finds the melodies constantly supplanted by Puccini's aria.
She meets her match in Iuri Gisca's Escamillo whose rendition of the Toreador Song
was a highlight along with Carmen's aria Love is a Rebellious Bird (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle).
The Toreador song
from Act 2 is known even to those who have not seen a single opera.
Cleverton excelled with the Toreador song
from Carmen and Largo al factotum from The Barber of Seville, while O'Brien was impressive in La donna e mobile (Rigoletto) before earning cheers and thunderous applause for a particularly powerful performance of Nessun dorma (Turandot).
The 20-year-old student will sing pieces from musical theatre and opera, including the Toreador Song
from Bizet's Carmen, at the event on May 14.