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Sex! Violence! Bullfights! Smoking! Great music!
Georges Bizet's Carmen is one of the world's best-loved operas. It tells the story of the Spanish gypsy girl, Carmen who took love all too lightly. From the opening of the opera in front of a cigarette factory to the dramatic conclusion of the story in front of the bullring, very little of human emotion remains unsung. This booklist is designed for the opera-lover and the opera-neophyte in celebration of Boston Lyric Opera's "Carmen on the Common" and its preview performances at the Boston Public Library.

Baker's Dictionary of Opera by Laura Kuhn
Over 1,000 entries of mostly composers, conductors, and singers

Bizet and His World by Mina Curtiss
A brilliant recreation of a whole glamorous Parisian era as it swirls, sparkles and darkens around the composer of Carmen

Bravo!: A Guide to Opera for the Perplexed by Barrymore Laurence Sherer
A book designed for opera fan.

Bullfighting: Art, Technique & Spanish Society by John McCormick
An examination of the role of bullfighting in Spanish culture

Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway
The ultimate romantic view of bullfighting

Defending Our Lives: Getting Away from Domestic Violence & Staying Safe by Susan Murphy-Milano
A resource which offers step-by-step plans for leaving abusive relationships

Die Upon a Kiss by Barbara Hambly
This historic novel takes place in 1835 New Orleans and involves the murder of two members of the local opera company.

Diva: The New Generation by Helena Matheopoulos
The sopranos and mezzo sopranos of our times discuss their lives and roles.

The Fate of Carmen by Evlyn Gould
Examines three versions of Carmen: the opera by Georges Bizet, the novella by Prosper Merimee, and the film by Carlos Saura

Georges Bizet by Martin Cooper
A musicological biography of the composer with extensive description of Carmen

Gramercy Park by Paula Cohen
This historical novel takes place in 1890s New York and involves a famed Italian tenor Mario Alfieri who upsets the city's rigid class structure.

A History of the Gypsies by David M. Crowe.
Explores the prejudices about and mistreatment of these wandering people

The Keys to French Opera in the Nineteenth Century: Bizet and the Search for Stylistic Mobility by Hervé Lacombe
Describes main elements of French opera: composition and production, words, music and drama, interaction of society, genre, and aesthetics

Molto Agitato: Behind the Scenes at the Metropolitan Opera by Johanna Fiedler
A behind-the-scenes look at the larger-than-life personalities and issues at the Metropolitan Opera

A Night at the Opera: An Irreverent Guide to the Plots, the Singers, the Composers, the Recordings by Sir Denis Forman
A guide to the opera and opera-going culture spiced with personal commentary

The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Opera by William Berger
Recommended recordings and fun facts.

On Bullfighting by A.L. Kennedy
A beautifully written description of the art of bullfighting

Opera for Dummies by David Pogue and Scott Speck.
Presents a detailed description of the opera-going experience for the novice

Opera: The Rough Guide by Matthew Boyden
A definitive handbook written for a younger adult audience

Operatic Subjects: The Evolution of Self in Modern Opera by Sandra Corse
A scholarly look at the way opera explains inner consciousness

The Penguin Opera Guide Amanda Holden, Nicholas Kenyon and Stephen Walsh, ed.
A comprehensive single-volume reference book suitable for all users

Ransom at the Opera: A Ransom/Charters Mystery by Fred Hunter.
A murder occurs on opening night of Carmen. Emily Charters and Detective Jeremy Ransom are on the case.

Siren Songs: Representations of Gender and Sexuality in Opera Mary Ann Smart, ed.
A collection of essays by critics, musicologists and feminist scholars about opera.

Smokescreen: A Guide to the Personal Risks and Global Effects of the Cigarette Habit by Barry Ford.
An interesting look at the costs of cigarette smoking

Surviving Domestic Violence by Elaine Weiss.
Voices of women who broke free

Compiled by staff of the Boston Public Library, 2002

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