Class, this week as you know – we will delve into the world of Carmen. Set in the south of Spain, the story tells the tale of a bold woman who works at a cigarette factory by day, and enjoys her free gypsy (Romani) life by night. For this week, you are watching a different version of this aria “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (colloquially called The Habanera). Here, you will hear the lovely Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca singing the role of Carmen.
You will obviously note her overt sexual undertones and her facial expressions while she is singing. This is part of the character, and expected for her to use her body while acting. Answer ONE OR MORE of the questions this week:
1)How can we view Carmen as a feminist?
2) Is it necessary to have such an overt sexual display for this character? Yes/no – why/why not?
3) Are there other examples of females living today who might be comparable to Carmen? Do a short compare/contrast for this.