• Mapping time and space in a transnational history of Carmen

    Carmenabroad.org was born from a longstanding collaboration between myself and Richard Langham Smith. Work on the Peters Edition score of Carmen led to a ‘Performance Urtext’ which brings to the printed page not only the musical text, but also many of the details of how Carmen was first performed. We had both combed through every bar of the opera and some sort of follow-up seemed inevitable. The idea of a book on ‘Carmen Abroad’ was hatched, focused and refined. From the outset we were encouraged by the enthusiastic reception of the idea by Cambridge University Press and we began to approach potential contributors. Then the project trifurcated: not only...