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     Bizet: CARMEN    Table of Contents     				  				   Band 2

The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

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Act II: Finale excerpt : "Quand tu verras comme c'est beau" ... to end of act

Emma CalvÚ (s), Carmen

Marguerite Marilly (s), Frasquita

Unidentified (ms), Mercedes

Thomas Salignac (t), Don JosÚ

Albert Reiss (t), Remendado

Charles Gilibert (b), Danca´ro

Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra--

Phillippe Flon

February 20 (matinee), 1902

[Glackens 29. According to the Met's pay books, Marie Van Cauteren, announced in the program as Mercedes, did not sing; however, the name of her substitute is illegible.]

After JosÚ has threatened his captain Zuniga in Lillas Pastia's tavern, he has no choice but to join the gypsy smugglers. Carmen consoles him with a vision of this new life. The first part of the ensemble finale is cut. (In the remaining part, which the chorus sings in Italian, the soloists can clearly be heard responding in French!)

[original]

CARMEN

Quand tu verras
comme c'est beau, la vie errante,
pour pays l'univers,
et pour loi sa volontÚ!
Et surtout, la chose enivrante:
la libertÚ! la libertÚ!

CARMEN, FRASQUITA, MERCEDES, DON JOSE, DANCA¤RE, REMENDADO, and CHORUS
Ah! Per tetto il ciel, la vita errante
(la vie errante)
Per tetto il ciel, la vita errante,
(le ciel ouvert)
per magion l'orbe inter,
per magion l'orbe inter,
per re la volontÓ,
si, per magion l'orbe inter,
l'orbe inter,
per re la volontÓ,
ed alfin, la cosa importante:
la libertÓ! la libertÓ!

[translation]

CARMEN

Then you will see
how lovely it is to lead a wandering life--
your home is the universe,
your own wishes are laws!
And above all, the intoxicating fact:
freedom! freedom!

CARMEN, FRASQUITA, MERCEDES, DON JOSE,DANCA¤RE, REMENDADO, and CHORUS
Your roof is the sky, the wandering life,
(the wandering life)
your roof is the sky, the wandering life,
(the open sky)
your home is the whole world,
your home is the whole world,
your own will is king,
yes, your home is the whole world,
the whole world,
your own will is king,
and above all, the important fact:
freedom! freedom!


     Bizet: CARMEN    Table of Contents     				  				   Band 2