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Act II of Bizet's Opera 'Carmen'


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Scene: The Interior of a Tavern
Cast in order of appearance
Relayed from
The Royal Opera House,
Covent Garden
The inn is on the outskirt of Seville, a haunt of the smugglers to whose band Carmen belongs. It is evening, and revelry is the mood of all there-soldiers, gypsies, and townsfolk. Soon they are joined by Escamillo, bull-fighter and idol of Seville ; they toast him, and in response he sings his Toreador song. He and Carmen are obviously fascinated by one another.
The inn is closed for the night, but Carmen still expects Jose, the handsome soldier whom she beguiled inro freeing her a month before ; she was under arrest in his charge, for having stabbed a fellow cigarette maker. His voice is heard, and she admits him, dancing for him as she had promised she would do if he came to seek her there.
Trumpet-tones, blending with the music of her dance, sound his recall to barracks, and Carmen taunts him with his devotion to duty rather than to her. His reply is the Flower Song- Taking from his breast the bloom which once she thre\v him, he tells her how he languished in prison for her sake-his punishment for letting her escape-dreaming always of her witchery.
A knocking on the gate breaks in on the end of his song, and his officer enters ; he, too, is enslaved by Carmen's charm. He orders Jose off, and in a moment of mad jealousy the soldier draws his sword ; the clash of weapons brings the smugglers in a rush, to disarm and make captives of them both, officer and trooper.


Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
Chorus Master: Robert Ainsworth
Carmen, cigarette girl and gypsy: Conchita Supervia
Frasquita her friends: Stella Andreva
Mercedes her friends: Marinette Fenoyer
Zuniga, a Captain of Dragoons: André Balbo
Escamillo, the torero: José Beckmans
Remendado, a smuggler: Rene Herent

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