Gypsy cigarette girl Carmen taunts corporal Don José with her flamboyant charms, and even the gentle peasant girl Micaela, who loves Don José, cannot break Carmen's spell, and the corporal gives up everything to follow the gypsy into the mountains. She quickly tires of Don José and runs off with the handsome matador Escamillo, fatalistically embracing the warning of death she has seen in the cards. As Escamillo triumphs in the bullring, Carmen is confronted by Don José in a nearby alley, and this time, her defiance cannot save her.  
 

 
   
 

The Mayor of Seville

 

by Georges Bizet
Libretto
by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
based on Prosper Mérimée’s novel
Premiered: Opéra-Comique, Paris, March 1875