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Carmen the opera

Vocablulary relating to the Opera Carmen, and other important terms

Operaa dramatization that is totally sung with elaborate costumes, scenery, and all of the related arts
Carmena wild gypsy girl, mezzo-soprano
Don Jose'Corporal of Dragoons, a tenor
EscamilloA toreador, who is also a baritone
Frasquitaa gypsy friend of Carmen
overturebeginning music to an opera, musical or oratorio
librettoall of the lyrics to an opera in the form of a little book
ZunigaCaptain of the Dragoons, who is a bass
Seville, Spainplace where the opera Carmen takes place
ariamain solo in an opera
recitativesung conversation in an opera or an oratorio
choreographerperson who devises all of the dances and movement in the opera
quartetwhen 4 people are performing
mezzo sopranothe middle range for a female singing voice
Coloratura sopranothe highest female singing voice
tenorthe highest male singing voice
baritionethe middle voice range of men
bassthe lowest vocal range for men
Habaneraa main aria sung by Carmen, which is also a Spanish dance
Toreador Songan aria sung by Escamillo
contraltolowest female singing voice
George Bizetcomposer of the opera Carmen
scorecointains all of the music used by the conductor
pit orchestrasmall ensemble that accompanies the vocalists in opera
actlarger divisions to an opera
scenesmaller divisions to an opera
balletinterpretive dance form
frenchthe language that the opera Carmen is sung in
1820the year in which Carmen takes place
love/death themerepresents Carmen's a leit motiv

Linda Lombardo Appleby

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