Habanera Lyrics and Translation:
Interesting Habanera Facts:
The Creation of the Habanera:
In 1872, while in Paris, France, Georges Bizet was commissioned to write an opera. The result was the opera, Carmen
. Bizet based the new opera on the novel with the same title by author Prosper Mérimée. Read the Carmen synopsis
. The scene of Carmen
takes place in Seville, Spain during the mid 19th century. Habanera literally means a "Havanan dance." Originating in Cuba's capitol, Havana, in the late 19th Century, the musical style spread throughout the Spanish colonies and captivated European composers, and Bizet intelligently incorporated the style of music into his opera.