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C’est pas vrai! La nouvelle Carmen a Paris est une blonde…

The new Carmen at the Paris Opéra is no gypsy. She’s a blonde tempstress who gets stalked by a transvestite. Anna Caterina Antonacci sings the title role. Watch here. Read here.

By way of balance, London’s latest Carmen at ENO is a Rumanian, Ruxandra Donose, who is Balkan to her fingertips and totally tsigane.

Somewhere between the two…


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  1. Don Ciccio says:

    Please stop confusing Romanians with gypsies (or tsiganes as you call them.) Enescu himslef had to fight hard agains this so-called confusion.

  2. Careful Norman. You may find yourself labeled a “Hungarian.”

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