Minnie Hauck (or Hauk) is an American mezzosoprano opera singer (1851 - 1929), and the most celebrated Carmen of the 19c. She first appeared in this role in Brussels (1877) and sang it more than 500 times in French, English, German or Italian. Her vivid portrayal was recalled by Klein: "The gypsy appeared strutting forward with hand on hip and flower in mouth... The voice itself was not remarkable for sweetness or sympathetic charm, though strong and full enough in the middle register, but somehow, its rather thin, penetrating timbre sounded just right in a character whose music called for the expression of heartless sensuality, caprice, cruelty and fantastic defiance." Hauk became so identified with Carmen that French newspapers claimed that she was Spanish and previously a bullfighter.
Yes. Partly, I have mislaid.....
(half opening, then closing) And the missus is master. Petticoat government.
(looks down with a sheepish grin) That is so."
(folding together, rests against her left eardrop) Have you forgotten me?
(Folded akimbo against her waist.) Is me her was you dreamed before? Was then she him you us since knew? Am all them and the same now me?
(Bella approaches, gently tapping with the fan.)
(Wincing.) Powerful being. In my eyes read that slumber which women love.
(Tapping.) We have met. You are mine. It is fate."
(Cowed.) Exuberant female. Enormously I desiderate your domination. I am exhausted, abandoned, no more young. I stand, so to speak, with an unposted letter bearing the extra regulation fee before the too late box of the general postoffice of human life. The door and window open at a right angle cause a draught of thirtytwo feet per second according to the law of falling bodies. I have felt this instant a twinge of sciatica in my left glutear muscle."
(bagweighted, passes the door) Mocking is catch. Best value in Dub. Fit for a prince's. Liver and kidney."
(undecided) All now? I should not have parted with my talisman. Rain, exposure at dewfall on the searocks, a peccadillo at my time of life. Every phenomenon has a natural cause."
(Points downwards slowly.) You may.
(Looks downwards and perceives her unfastened bootlace.) We are observed.
(Points downwards quickly.) You must." (U15.2797)
(With desire, with reluctance.) I can make a true black knot. Learned when I served my time and worked the mail order line for Kellet's. Experienced hand. Every knot says a lot. Let me. In courtesy. I knelt once before today. Ah!" (U15.2804)