Toreador song (instrumental) by Georges Bizet from his final work, Carmen - HD<< Previous classical music pieceNext classical music piece >>
Georges Bizet (25 October 1838 -- 3 June 1875), registered at birth as Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, was a French composer of the romantic era. Best known for his operas in a career cut short by his early death, Bizet achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen, which has become one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire opera repertory.
The Toreador Song (Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre) is one of the most famous arias from the opera Carmen, composed by Georges Bizet to a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. It is sung by the bullfighter Escamillo as he enters in Act 2 (toréador is reference to "bullfighter"; although the actual correct term is torero, Bizet took some poetic license and "invented" a four-syllable word which he needed in order to match the musical motif), and describes various situations in the bullring, the cheering of the crowds and the fame that comes with victory.
Elements of Toréador re-appear later in Carmen: of note Toréador, en garde, which follows shortly after Votre toast... in Act 2.
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