Opera once was an important social instrument -- especially in Italy.
With Rossini and Verdi people were listening to opera together and having the same catharsis with the same story, the same moral dilemmas. They were holding hands in the darkness. That has gone. Now perhaps they are holding hands watching television.
The songs of Bizet are by a French peer of Rossini.
When Rossini stopped composing, he was living in Paris. He also wrote some beautiful songs in French.
It's a dream come true, and with this music, with this Rossini, it's unbelievable how to express the joy and express the joy of the situation and the joy to play this music, to sing this music, it's really fantastic.