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Here are some of the songs we ask children to sing along with when we perform Carmen. The songs are written and recorded in a variety of formats – all designed to help you teach the songs in the format you find easiest. All English translations of the text are based on David Parry’s translation of the libretto. This is the version of the words that is sung on the Chandos recording of the full opera.  

There are four different types of resource here, each in a different format:

  • Song Words – simply the words of the songs in a Word document
  • Sheet Music – in PDF format
  • Karaoke version – in MIDI format (if you have the free vanBasco karaoke player on your computer these files will become a great learning tool for you in class. You download it for free here (which takes about 3mins). Set it as your default player for midi files. When you have installed it you will see 5 control boards come up in front of you. You can:
    • have lyrics displayed in small or full-screen
    • change the tempo of the song without increasing the pitch
    • change the pitch without increasing the speed
    • change the volume
    • cut out the instrument playing the tune (and have ‘music minus one’)
    • highlight instruments of your choice
  • Performance – performances of whole numbers and specific chorus lines in MP3 format


1. Chorus of Street Children

2. Smoke Chorus

3. Habanera

4. Gypsy Song

5. Toreador Song

6. Act II Finale

Brief rehearsal notes for specific songs are noted alongside the words.  Here are just a few general points:

  • Please listen to the recordings, even if you do not intend to use them during rehearsal with your choir.  Also, please take a few minutes to read through the rehearsal notes.  This will help to ensure that we have all interpreted the songs in the same way.
  • We apologise for any mistakes in the pack – and there are bound to be some.  We will have to live with a few typos, but if you notice anything that is likely to cause mass-confusion, please do let us know asap!
  • We like all children to perfom their songs from memory.
  • Help is at hand if you need anything clarifying or would like some in teaching the material. Please do get in touch. Mark Tinkler:    Tel: 020 7281 4015