Eight arias from Georges Bizet’s opera, Carmen

Carmen - illustration by Luc for Journal Amusant 1875Georges Bizet’s four act opera, Carmen, was first performed in Paris in 1875. Carmen, written in the opéra comique genre, was considered unconventional at its initial release. Bizet died after its 33rd performance, never realizing the international acclaim this widely-known opera would have.

Here are eight arias from Carmen, with perfect for voice type indications, links to the full IPA text, as well as recommended listening links.

Learn more about Carmen on wikipedia here, and more about Georges Bizet here.

View our complete collection of Georges Bizet texts on IPA Source here.

Perfect for Mezzo: En vain pour éviter, Carmen’s aria from the opera Carmen

IPA text: https://www.ipasource.com/en-vain-pour-eviter.html
Listen to Grace Bumbry – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWiWzsWgt-M

Perfect for Tenor: Halte-là! Qui va là?, Don José’s aria from the opera Carmen

IPA text: https://www.ipasource.com/halte-la-qui-va-la.html
Listen to Jonas Kaufmann – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDZj-YzuRSE

Perfect for Soprano: Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante, Michaëla’s aria from the opera Carmen

IPA text: https://www.ipasource.com/je-dis-que-rien-ne-m-epouvante.html
Listen to Kiri Te Kanawa – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C8WNBHaTec

Perfect for Mezzo: L’amour est un oiseau rebelle, Carmen’s Habanera from the opera Carmen

IPA text: https://www.ipasource.com/l-amour-est-un-oiseau-rebelle.html
Listen to Elina Garanca – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1upcfFS5LAM

Perfect for Tenor: La fleur que tu m’avais jetée, Don José’s Flower Song from the opera Carmen

IPA text: https://www.ipasource.com/la-fleur-que-tu-m-avais-jetee.html
Listen to Placido Domingo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLXwaq5j5eQ

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Perfect for Mezzo: Les tringles des sistres tintaient, Carmen’s Gypsy Song from the opera Carmen

IPA text: https://www.ipasource.com/les-tringles-des-sistres-tintaient.html
Listen to Maria Ewing – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rmSF19NfvI

Perfect for Mezzo: Près des remparts de Séville, Carmen’s Seguidilla from the opera Carmen

IPA text: https://www.ipasource.com/pres-des-remparts-de-seville.html
Listen to Marilyn Horne – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPUmLCfdx8I

Perfect for Baritone: Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre, Escamillo’s Toreador Song from the opera Carmen

IPA text: https://www.ipasource.com/votre-toast-je-peux-vous-le-rendre.html
Listen to Justino Diaz – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4UMExM3v7M

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