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An Opera in Four Acts by Georges Bizet.
The 5WA Repertory Chorus
The Station Symphony Orchestra
Leader, Leonard Busfield
Conductor, Warwick Braithwaite

Act I. - A Square in Seville.
The public square is alive with cigarette girls who are about to go back to their work. The troops are mingling with the people. Carmen comes on the scene, everybody greets her, all the men are her possible lovers, except Don Jose, who takes no notice of her. This is apparently enough for her fiery spirit and she sings a Habanero, meanwhile weaving her wiles around him, finally throwing a red flower at him. Jose falls in love with her, despite the message from his mother conveyed by Micaela. Carmen is arrested for quarrelling with another girl but uses her power over Jose in order to escape. Jose is arrested in consequence and put in prison.

Act II. - Carmen is with her friends - all smugglers - in the tavern of Lillas Pastia when she meets Escamillo, with whom she falls in love. Shortly afterwards Jose, now released from prison, comes back to her. She persuades him, much against his will, to desert the army and join the smugglers.

Act III. - The smugglers are resting in a mountain pass and Carmen, who has already tired of Jose, chaffs him about his reverence for his mother.
Jose and Escamillo meet and fight over Carmen, but are separated, and Escamillo goes on his way, inviting them all to the bull fight next day.

Act IV. - Outside the Bullring where the crowd are watching the procession, Jose is waiting, and after Carmen and Escamillo have parted - he to the ring - she to wait for him-Jose confronts her and pleads with her to come back to him. She refuses, and he, as the people are acclaiming Escamillo the hero of the day, stabs her.


Georges Bizet
The 5WA Repertory Chorus
The Station Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra leader:
Leonard Busfield
Warwick Braithwaite
Harry Brindle
Sidney Russell
S. Harrison
Wynne Ajello

5WA Cardiff

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