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Opera – Bizet’s Carmen

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Their main concern was for the way to get extra tickets because every citizen of Tbilisi, notwithstanding his or her national or religious, cultural or social diversity, seemed determined to press on to hear “La donna e mobile” right from the stage. From the stage because in the streets opera arias could be heard blaring out from every corner. Starting with water vendors in Yerevan Square and ending with quiet-tempered Kakhetian merchandisers, everyone tried to vocalize opera music. Under such circumstances, it is little wonder that the number of people with a hankering for hearing Antonio Torezella live was really enormous in 19 th century Tbilisi. There are reports that Antonio Torezella was credited with the art of conducting the orchestra without scores. So, it is also small wonder that on 5 October 1857 Tbilisi dwellers were very enthusiastic to join A ong winding queue for tickets for the premiere of Giuseppe verdi’s Troubadour in the torrential rain beating down on them. The Tbilisi Opera Theatre was the first throughout the Russian Empire to premiere Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s Cio-Cio San.

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