, a classic opera dating back to 1875, tells the tragic story of a Love Triangle
between a corporal, a bull fighter, and the mysterious, exotic, alluring, hedonistic, independent, flirtatious gypsy woman simply known as Carmen.
This Work Provides Examples of:
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Carmen gets bored with the increasingly supplicating Don José and takes up with the flashy Escamillo instead.
- Badass Baritone: Escamillo, a classic example
- Though not an evil one (he's only as violent as his job requires)
- Beastly Bloodsports
- Betty and Veronica: Micaela and Carmen for Don José
- Male version: Don José and Escamillo for Carmen
- Bootstrapped Theme: The snippet of the "Toreador" song is currently used as the AT&T commercial jingle. Skip to the last 3 seconds of the commercial.
- The Cast Showoff: Whoever plays Carmen must be a great singer and a good dancer.
- Any guy who plays Escamillo must be a prize show-off: let Sam Ramey show you how it is done.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Don José
- Dance of Romance: Carmen dances for Don José when they are reunited in act II.
- Destructive Romance: for both main characters, but especially Don José
- Hard to see how it could have worked out worse for Carmen, mind...
- Downer Ending
- Green-Eyed Monster
- Femme Fatale: Carmen
- Hot Gypsy Woman: Carmen
- I Am Song: Votre toast (Toreador's Song); possibly L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)
- If I Can't Have You
- Incoming Ham: Hoo boy. Escamillo's arrival in Act II starts with a chorus singing his praises off-stage, then he comes in to a chorus singing his praise onstage, and then HE starts singing about how awesome he is.
- Large Ham
- Love Makes You Evil
- Love Triangle: Micaela/José/Carmen and José/Carmen/Escamillo
- The Male Ingenue Must Be A Tenor
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Don José tries to kill Escamillo but doesn't succeed.
- Outlaw Couple: Carmen and Don José eventually became this, but it doesn't last.
- Public Domain Soundtrack: Carmen is one of the most popular and well-known operas.
- Rated M for Manly: see Badass Baritone
- Romani: Carmen
- Shout-Out: Escamillo might have been named after a famous female torero Nicolasa Escamilla, nicknamed La Pajuelera (Goya has made a famous picture of her).
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Escamillo
- Tarot Troubles: Carmen, Frasquita and Mercedes read cards in Act III. Frasquita and Mercedes, being secondary characters, get romance and wealth, Carmen gets death.
- Toros y Flamenco
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The original novel by Prosper Mérimée, anyway. The original Carmen may have been a Roma and worked for a while a cigarella... but she was also an influential campaigner for the rights of working women, and not a known criminal (it was actually her soldier-boyfriend- who may or may not have met her when his detachment were making an attack on a Romany camp- who went to prison, after killing a man in a fight over Carmen.) Unfortunately the story of her death (well, her new man was a picador, not a toreador, but apart from that...) was true, and Merimee Flanderized the rest of the couple's life from that.
- With Catlike Tread: "Écoute, écoute, compagnon" is a very loud song about how sneaky you have to be to smuggle cigarettes.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Carmen's reaction to the cards.