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Thread: Carmen Aria - "Habanera"

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    Default Carmen Aria - "Habanera"

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    I love how mysterious, exotic, and sexual this song is. It's always been a favorite of mine, even before I have listened to Classical solely. I need to listen to more Arias, but this one really stands out amongst the pack; a very strong hook indeed.

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    A "Carmen" makes or breaks her performance with this aria.

    Of course if you are watching the performance and the Carmen is a terrifically sexy singer but weighs 280 pounds.......

    Many non-classical people would recognize it, but the Toreador Song sung by Escamillo, from the same opera, is in my opinion, the most recognizeable aria in all of opera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    A "Carmen" makes or breaks her performance with this aria.

    Of course if you are watching the performance and the Carmen is a terrifically sexy singer but weighs 280 pounds.......

    Many non-classical people would recognize it, but the Toreador Song sung by Escamillo, from the same opera, is in my opinion, the most recognizeable aria in all of opera.
    Big gals are sexy too, especially when they can sing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainnumber36 View Post
    Big gals are sexy too, especially when they can sing!
    Well, Marilyn Horne was quite fine as Carmen, but she did have a weight problem.

    That's why there's opera on CD! One can let one's imagination run wild!!

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    I've never heard this Toreador song before, but I enjoy it. I think I'll have to watch Carmen, soon!

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    I think Figaro's aria in Barber of Seville may be the most recognizable. Or La Donna A Mobile?
    "Forgive me, Majesty. I'm a vulgar man. But I assure you, my music is not.“ Mozart

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    Ah, now it got to a section that sounds very familiar. Has this melody been re-used as other songs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    I think Figaro's aria in Barber of Seville may be the most recognizable. Or La Donna A Mobile?
    Oo, good call on that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainnumber36 View Post
    I've never heard this Toreador song before, but I enjoy it. I think I'll have to watch Carmen, soon!
    https://youtu.be/-snRz5L3Ups

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainnumber36 View Post
    I've never heard this Toreador song before, but I enjoy it. I think I'll have to watch Carmen, soon!



    Tatiana Troyanos - George Bizet "Carmen" Habanera

    From the Solti recording, outstanding!!!!

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    I agree that it is the most recognizable. I think Largo al factotum in Barber of Seville is very close.

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    I do think Verdi's: Brindisi (Libiamo ne'lieti calici) beats them all.

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    It's a great aria. I play it on the piano when I'm in a bad mood (and also in a good mood. A good aria is versatile).

    I'd rather listen to Bizet than Wagner any day of the week. I want to feel life-affirmed, not like I've been dragged at the back of a horse and then left in the rain.

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    I am thinking the most know aria among the general population would be something sung by Pavarotti when he is on shows that are watched by the masses.
    "Life is too short to spend it wandering in the barren Sahara of musical trash."
    --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I am thinking the most know aria among the general population would be something sung by Pavarotti when he is on shows that are watched by the masses.
    haha, true. then let's go for Nessun dorma as the most recognizable aria
    Man muss das Leben tanzen

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