Tragedy to Come
MARIA NOCKIN experiences
one of this era's best productions of 'Carmen',
live in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera
According to a letter that author Prosper Mérimée wrote to his friend, his novella, Carmen, was the result of a story María Manuela Enriqueta Kirkpatrick de Grivegnée, Countess of Montijo, told him on his visit to Spain in 1830. He said she told him 'about that ruffian from Málaga who had killed his mistress'. He went on to say that since 'I have been studying the Gypsies for some time, I have made my heroine a Gypsy'. Another source for his story may have been Alexander Pushkin's narrative poem The Gypsies, with which Mérimée was already familiar and which he would later translate into French prose...
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