Habanera (2:01)

Cover of BIZET: L'Arlesienne Suites / Carmen Suites

From BIZET: L'Arlesienne Suites / Carmen Suites and 15 other releases

An aria from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet, adapted from the Habanera “El arreglito” originally composed by Sebastián Yradier. The song is also sometimes known by its first two lines, “Quand je vous aimerai…? / L’amour est un oiseau rebelle que nul ne peut apprivoiser”.

The Habanera Songfacts reports that the habanera is a genre of Cuban popular dance music of the 19th century, which was brought back to Spain by sailors, where it became popular for a while and was danced by all classes of society. This aria was so called because it was written in the rhythm of the Cuban dance.

See also the famous performance by Maria Callas - Habanera.

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