Departing from her usual discussion of state budgets, state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) will reach back to her former calling as a music critic and author to speak on “Carmen, the Seduction of the Century” before the Wilton Kiwanis Club at its luncheon Wednesday, Sept. 18. Ms. Lavielle published a book on Bizet’s Carmen, one of opera’s best-known works, in 1999.
In the mid-1980s, Ms. Lavielle began writing articles on opera for the Wall Street Journal and a few magazines. At the time, she noted that new versions of Carmen were everywhere — on Broadway, in the movies, and at the ballet — supplementing the traditional performances at all the major opera houses. She felt the story of the fiery cigarette factory worker had attained a kind of universality in the century since it was first performed in 1875 and decided to write a book on why that had happened.