Music: Bouquets & Radishes

When the curtain came down last week on a new production of Carmen at the Marseille Opera House, the thunderous ovation was so moving that Don José laid his head on Carmen's shoulder and wept noisily. He had good reason. In the previous performance, part of the audience had greeted the tenor with something less than cheers; he had, in fact, been pelted with bunches of carrots, turnips and radishes. Even oldtime Marseille residents could not recall a more enthusiastic operatic riot.

Directed by Marseille-born Composer-Playwright Louis Ducreux, the ambitious production had two curtains, four sets, and no fewer than 265 costumes...

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